Style of Giuseppe Castiglione Probably 18th century
Lot 338
Style of Giuseppe Castiglione
Probably 18th century
£8,000 - 12,000
US$ 13,000 - 20,000
withdrawn
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Style of Giuseppe Castiglione Probably 18th century Style of Giuseppe Castiglione Probably 18th century Style of Giuseppe Castiglione Probably 18th century Style of Giuseppe Castiglione Probably 18th century Style of Giuseppe Castiglione Probably 18th century
Lot Details
Style of Giuseppe Castiglione
Probably 18th century
Ink and colour on paper, depicting a seated half-naked man under a tree with a suffering expression and holding a fierce beast on a chain, all in a gloomy setting, mounted as a hanging scroll, four seals. 133.5cm x 70.2cm (27¾in x 52½in)

Footnotes

  • 或十八世紀 郎世寧風格 人獸圖 設色紙本 立軸

    款識:臣朗世寧恭繪
    鈴印:乾隆御覽之寶、乾隆宮鑑藏寶 、宜子孫 、石渠定鑑

    The painting bears the signature of Giuseppe Castiglione (1688-1766) but is more likely to be the work of one of Castiglione's Chinese students in the Qianlong/Yongzheng court, with the seals probably added later.

    The subject matter appears to be Christian, which would be unusual for a Court painter, but again suggests the possibility of a connection with the Jesuits at the Imperial court. Another possible explanation may be that it was produced by a Chinese artist working in Macao in the 18th century. The obvious association is with the Catholic Saint Jerome, often portrayed with his tame lion, but there is no published record that Castiglione ever painted this well-known Catholic religious subject.

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