25 May 1999
Francesco Maggiotto (1750-1805)
Portraits of Doge Marcantonio Giustinian (1684-1688); Pietro Candiano IV (959-976); Elisabeth Grimani Manin; and Doge Dominico Flabanico (1032-1042)
inscribed: 'MARCUS ANTONIUS JUSTINIANUS DUX VENETIARUM ELECTUS ANNO MDCLXXXIIII'; 'PETRUS IV. CANDIANUS DUX VENETIARUM ELECTUS ANNO DCCCCLIX.'; 'ELISABETH GRIMANI MANIN DVCISSA VENETIARVM ANNO MDCCLXXXIX'; 'DOMINICUS FLABANICUS DUX VENETIARUM ELECTUS ANNO MXXXII', each inscribed with coat-of-arms of the sitter and signed and inscribed on the reverse: 'Antonius Iustinianus/D.V.an. 1688/Fraco Maggiotto.' (Marcus Antonius); 'Petrus Candianus/D.V. ann: 959'/Franco Maggiotto' (Petrus Candianus); 'Elisabeth Grimani/Manin/Da.V.anno 1789./Fraco Maggiotto' (Elizabeth Grimani); and 'Dominicus Flabanicus/D.V.anno.1032./Fraco Maggiotto' (Dominicus Flabanicus).
oil on copper
5 x 4.5/8in. (14.5 x 11.8cm.)
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Works by this little known artist are rare. A set of four similar portraits of Doges, of similar dimensions also executed on copper, were offered at Christie's, South Kensington, July 8, 1998, lot 281.
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Chinese Works of Art specialist Olivia Hamilton reckons this pair of superb sculptures — around 1,300 years old — are ‘the finest I've seen come up for sale‘