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'The Proposition', 19th Century oil on canvas painting by Arturo Ricci

Documentation Signed
Origin Italy
Period 19th Century
Materials Oil on canvas, giltwood.
Dimensions
W. 40.94 in; H. 32.68 in; D. 1.97 in;
W. 104 cm; H. 83 cm; D. 5 cm;
Description 'The Proposition', 19th Century oil on canvas painting by Arturo Ricci
Italian, late 19th Century
Frame: height 83cm, width 104cm, depth 5cm
Canvas: height 62.5cm, width 88cm
 
This is a truly exquisite work by an Italian master of historical genre painting, Arturo Ricci. Ricci (1854-1919) was highly celebrated, in particular for the vibrant colours, attention to detail and graceful figures which were so characteristic of his oeuvre.
 
Ricci's works most often depicted costumed subjects in finely furnished interiors styled after the Enlightenment period of the 18th Century. The 18th Century was seen in Ricci's own time as a period of elegance and sophistication, and its furniture and decorative arts were highly fashionable. It was for this reason that his work was so sought after by collectors in Europe.
 
The present painting shows two costumed aristocratic figures in an opulent interior scene. Titled 'The Proposition', the scene depicts a man in traditional 18th Century aristocratic attire making a proposal to a woman seated across the table. In her facial expressions and gestures, she has a sensual, coy allure, rendered in minute, perfect detail by the artist.
 
The figures are shown in an interior decorated with 18th Century style furniture, including a chinoiserie vase and screen, a Louis XV style mantel clock and console table, and a centre table with cabriole legs. The scene is exceptionally well rendered and the painting is full of lively humour, playfulness and charm.
 
The painting is signed 'Arturo Ricci' to the lower left and set within a carved giltwood frame.
Styles / Movements Traditional
Dealer Reference Number 15501
Incollect Reference Number 388450
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