Lot 41: Putti with Bird Cage, Animals and Fruit, Oil Painting, c. 1700
December 2, 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Oil on canvas, relined
Italy, c. 1700
Dimensions: 75 x 121.5 cm
Frame: 83.7 x 132 cm
Provenance: private property Northrhine-Westphalia
Representations of putti were frequently used for allegorical depictions, for repeating a certain thematic design concept and also for purely decorative purposes. Since ancient times to the present day, they often symbolized love gods. The special variant of amoretti as representations of Cupid, god of erotic love, was very popular during Baroque and Rococo. Here they are depicted playing with a bird cage. On the left half of the image animal staffage.
The large-scale painting shows heavier signs of age and wear. There are several larger areas of paint loss or abrasion, especially along the edges. Inspection with UV-light reveals a number of touch-ups that are also occasionally visible with the naked eye. The frame is in very good condition. (nlu)
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