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    Thursday, June 20th, 2019

    A capriccio or architectural fantasy by Giovanni Paolo Panini which has emerged from an Irish collection after 200 years comes up at Chiswick Auctions in London on June 25. The oil painting has been in the same family since being purchased by David Ker in 1785. A Capriccio of classical ruins is estimated at £18,000-25,000.

    David Ker (1751-1811) of Montalto in Co. Down was a wealthy landowner with several country estates. In 1771 he embarked on the ‘Grand Tour’ to Italy, where he met and eloped with the Venetian singer Madalena Guardi, believed to be the daughter of the painter Francesco Guardi. The couple married in Padua and thereafter resided in the Kers’ family estates in Ireland, where they had three daughters and a son.

    A Capriccio of Classical Ruins by Giovanni Paolo Panini (1691-1765) 


    Friday, June 24th, 2016

    Giovanni Paolo Panini Rome, a view of the Forum looking towards the Capitol, 1751

    Giovanni Paolo Panini
    Rome, a view of the Forum looking towards the Capitol, 1751  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Masterworks by Panini and Vernet which shed light on Rome’s extraordinary effervescence of the 1750’s are among the lots on offer at Sotheby’s Old Masters evening sale in London on July 6.  With its glorious monuments from Antiquity, masterpieces of the Renaissance and the Baroque, and a rarefied and international contemporary art scene, artists travelled from far and wide to be stimulated by this magnetic cauldron of art. The most successful of them were commissioned to record the favourite places of grand tourists and other foreign visitors. Such was the case for Claude Joseph Vernet who arrived in Rome in 1734 and who, with the leading local Roman painter of the time Giovanni Paolo Panini, would harness the city’s past and present, and together propel the art of landscape painting into a new era.

    Panini’s magnificent view of Rome from 1751 shows the artist at the height of his powers (estimate £1-1.5 million) and Vernet’s impressive Mediterranean views – Le Soir and Clair de lune – were painted in 1752, (estimate £3-5 million).  UPDATE:  THE VERNET’S WERE UNSOLD