Velázquez - Kitchen Still Life

Attributed to Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez: “Kitchen Still Life”. Estimate: $1.5/2 million

Sotheby’s to auction a still life attributed to Velázquez



Sotheby’s annual Masters Week auctions in New York will be held from 25 – 27 January 2017, and will feature a newly-discovered painting attributed to Velázquez: ‘Kitchen Still Life’

January 12, 2017. Source: Sotheby’s / theartwolf

In the catalogue, Sotheby’s states that “according to renowned scholar William B. Jordan, the work is the only pure ‘bodegón’ pantry painting of its kind by the artist. Qualities and aspects from this humble and intimate painting depicting kitchen utensils are replicated in other works by Velázquez, including ‘The Old Woman Frying Eggs’, in the National Gallery of Scotland”.

Sotheby’s has estimated the work at $1.5/2 million, which indirectly implies some doubts about its attribution. If this painting were signed by the Spanish master, it would be valued at more than $100 million.

The Spanish section will also include a rare first edition of Francisco Goya’s first and most celebrated printed work “Los Caprichos”. [Madrid: Printed by Rafael Esteve for the artist, 1799.] (estimate $500/700,000).

In addition, the auction will include a very attractive painting by Orazio Gentileschi: “Head of a Woman” (estimate $2/3 million). According to Sotheby’s, this work “was executed during the first half of the 1630s, when Gentileschi was working at the court of King Charles I of England. Based on the inventory records and notes from 1637 / 1639, the picture was purchased from the artist by the King, suggesting that the King responded to the work personally, and had not directly commissioned it. Coming to the market for the first time in nearly three decades, the work is being sold in part to benefit the Department of European Painting and Sculpture at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.”


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