New Ricci discovery at Tefaf

June 20 2022

Image of New Ricci discovery at Tefaf

Picture: TAN

In The Art Newspaper, Osman Can Yerebakan has news of a fantastic Sebastiano Ricci discovery to be unveiled at Tefaf in Maastricht. The picture, Diana and Endymion, was spotted by dealer Christopher Bishop in a Florida auction house, where it was catalogued as a work from the 19th Century. According to TAN, when Bishop saw the painting online, he was particularly struck by Diana's... anatomy:

From the light’s focus on Diana’s breasts to her somber expression and the hint of arousal conveyed in Endymion’s horn, the codings of autonomy and desire reveal a painter eager to push his era’s boundaries. It was in fact this trait that encouraged dealer Christopher Bishop to bid $200,000 to fetch the painting in a Florida-based auction house’s online sale, which had listed the work as dating from the 19th century.

Bishop will also unveil a newly discovered Jan Lievens drawing, of Admiral Maarten Harpertszoon Tromp, which came up for sale in a Massachusetts auction estimated at $300, eventually making $514,800. The Ricci will be offered at €1.35m, and the drawing at €1.4m, both at Tefaf (25-30 June).

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