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Francesco Guardi’s Masterpiece at Christie’s London Sale

For the first time in over a century, masterpiece by the celebrated Venetian painter Francesco Guardi is set to be sold at Christie’s London Old Master & British Paintings Evening Sale, on Tuesday 8 July. Painted circa 1780, ‘Venice, the Bacino di San Marco with the Piazzetta and the Doge’s Palace’ is estimated at £8-10 million ($13,2-16,5 million). The work depicts a stunning view of Venice from the waters in front of the Piazza San Marco and is regarded as a superb example of Guardi’s technique. It was executed at the height of his artistic powers.

Venice, the Bacino di San Marco with the Piazzetta and the Doge’s Palace

Originally in the collection of the Earls of Shaftesbury; it was acquired by Baron James-Edouard de Rothschild (1844-1881) and was in turn owned by his daughter Jeanne- Sophie-Henriette, Baronne Léonino (1875-1929) and then by her brother Baron Henri-James-Charles-Nathan de Rothschild (1872-1947), from whom it was inherited by the present owners.

Not seen in public since 1954 (Brussels, Palais des Beaux-Arts, La Peinture Vénitienne), this work will go on a global tour starting with a public view at Christie’s in Paris on March 3 and 4; Moscow on April 12 and 13, New York from May 2 to 6; Hong Kong from May 22 to 26; and London July 5 to 8.

Venice, the Bacino di San Marco with the Piazzetta and the Doge’s Palace

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Written by Slamchica

Aleksandra Arsenovic graduated with a degree in economics and has a master degree in tourism. Since she worked as a travel agent, she has traveled around the world and developed an interest in luxurious hotels and exotic destinations. As a big fashion fan, Aleksandra loves expensive and luxury fashion items. As an editor of Extravaganzi she shares her knowledge about travels, fashion and accessories.

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