Mid 19th Century Italian Genre Oil Painting A Chess Problem by Carlo Ferranti
Step into a thrilling chess battle with this 1 Carlo Ferranti's Mid 19th Century Italian Genre Oil Painting A Chess Problem. The stunningly detailed work of art captures the essence of a thrilling, high-stakes game, inspiring you to take on the challenge. Dare to make your move!
- Title “A Chess Problem” by Carlo Ferranti 1840-1908.
- Subject portrait genre, of a beautiful full, length front view depicting a fascinating sporting genre interior scene, Italian high society aristocratic period home interior scene. Showing 5 people, of whom 4 are seated. 3 ladies and 2 gentlemen. 1 seated gentleman leaning overlooking perplexed, dressed in a light green period costume with long frilly ruff lace cuffs and wearing his white hair cover peruke, he appears to be losing and is caught in deep strategic thought pondering about the game his next move.
- His opponent is seated in a fancy gilt chair with rich oxblood fabric, a nubile young lady wearing a full-length light pink dress with large broad frilly lace cuffs and has white bow decorations running down her top. Her dress has golden patterned decorations all around, she has ginger hair and is wearing a double pearl necklace, in her long tall hair are garlands of pink & white flowers on top. She looks rather confident and is focused on playing her next move as she is reaching out for a chess piece.
- To her left, just behind her, is her friend, also seated on a large chaise lounge sofa, who is wearing a gray dress with a pink rose on her top and having a gold pendant around her neck, with a tall white haircut covered with a black bow on top. She is holding a decorative hand fan. She is gazing with curiosity at the chess board. Further over to the right is a tall torch stand with a beautiful blue & gold planter vase which has numerous pink flowers displayed. At the bottom is another brass floor planter with large yellow flowers. In the center is a table covered with a fine green velvet with a gold patterned cover, the chess board is on top showing the various black & white chess pieces.
- Above, another gentleman dressed in a deep purple waistcoat with a ruffle shirt underneath, looking rather amused, he is leaning over slightly with 1 of his hands resting on the other side of the table with his other hand on his side. Further over to the left is another seated lady on a stool who is wearing a fine golden dress, both of her hands are resting on her crossed legs. She is holding a fan down. Further above the view of a large console table with a grand Rococo mirror and a mantle clock showing. On the house's interior walls are gilt candlelights along with a very large Italian framed painting. The marble floor is amazing, there is a geometric-shaped star in the center with a red rug showing.
- The huge colors are so bright and exceptional, an amazing statement piece for your home or office wall.
- You can feel the movement in the creased & folds of their clothing they are all wearing.
- Signed in black paint C Ferrante in the bottom corner by the well-known Italian artist Carlo Ferranti.
- A great display size with the frame being 87 cm wide and 71.5 cm high.
- Oil on canvas.
- Set in an attractive original gilt frame.
- With metal hanging brackets on the back ready for home display.
- Circa mid 19th century.
- Biography of the artist Carlo Ferranti was a well known Italian school artist from Italy. He was born in 1840 and died in 1908. His works of art have sold in auctions around the world and the current highest recorded selling price is $18750 US Dollars.
- Though not a great deal is recorded about his life, Carlo Ferranti's works show such impressive technical skill. He specialized in painting interior genre scenes in Rome during the mid-nineteenth century. During this period, Rome was the place to be for yearning artists and the competition battle for the Rome Academies' annual Prix de Rome' contests was so intense. Ferran ti's artworks fit into this well-liked fashion of the time, which was for genre. What was especially loved was the ladies and gentlemen shown dressed in fabulous period costumes and showing fascinating or humor scenes.
- Provenance see Lot 207, British & Continental Pictures, Sotheby's London, 14th July 2004, also another auction label verso along with artist biography.
- We only sell paintings based upon subject, quality & significance.
- So collectible and sought after.
- Condition report.
- Offered in fine used condition.
- The painted surface is in good overall condition, with various craquelures and fox stains. Set in the original gilt frame, which has various signs of general wear, scuffs, scratches, various chips, losses and cracking and repairs to the frame commensurate with usage & old age. It would benefit by being re framed.
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Dimensions in centimetres of frame
High (71.5 cm)
Wide (87 cm)
Depth (8 cm)