Offered by: Mayfair Gallery
39 South Audley Street London W1K 2PP , England Call Seller 44.207.491.3435


Orientalist antique watercolour painting of a woman dressing, A. Fabbi

$ 7,000
  • Description
    Orientalist antique watercolour painting of a woman dressing, A. Fabbi
    Italian, 19th Century
    Panel: Height 40cm, width 25cm
    Frame: Height 60cm, width 45cm, depth 6cm
    This sensitive watercolour painting by Alberto Fabbi (1858-1906) depicts a seated woman being attended to by two female servants.
    All three women wear typical Orientalist fabrics, and the vibrant colours and patterns as well as the naturalistic drapery highlight Fabbi’s skill at the watercolour medium. A sense of calm pervades the scene, as the seated woman gazes at herself in the mirror with her eyes half-closed. By placing the dressing scene outside, Fabbi conjures up the balmy atmosphere of the distant ‘Orient’ for Western viewers. The sense of exoticism is aided by the background elements, with the flower garlands, patterned urn, canopy, and geometric architecture all acting as additional Orientalist signifiers.
    The painting is signed ‘A. Fabbi’ in the lower right, and sits inside a beautifully carved giltwood frame. Hailing from Bologna, Fabbi is known for his Orientalist watercolours like this piece, and exhibited frequently at fine art exhibitions in Italy. He is the brother of the artist Fabio Fabbi, who is renowned for his works of a similar style and subject.
    With its pastel colours and sweet feminine subjects, this watercolour would make a wonderful piece for any collector of Orientalist antiques.
    Artist/Maker: Alberto Fabbi
  • More Information
    Documentation: Signed
    Origin: Italy
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: Watercolour, pencil, paper, giltwood.
    Styles / Movements: Other
    Dealer Reference #: 17506
    Incollect Reference #: 698675
  • Dimensions
    W. 17.72 in; H. 23.62 in; D. 2.36 in;
    W. 45 cm; H. 60 cm; D. 6 cm;
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Mayfair Gallery is a leading gallery in the field of art and antiques, holding a large collection of unique pieces for sale. The breadth of the gallery’s collection is wide, and includes items from a range of periods, styles and geographical origins, as well as works by famous artists and craftsmen. The main focus of the gallery’s collection is, however, on items produced during the 19th and early 20th century.

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