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Antique Pair Watercolours 'Cardinals' E Tarenghi c.1910

Antique Pair Watercolours
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  • Antique Pair Watercolours
  • Antique Pair Watercolours
  • Antique Pair Watercolours
  • Antique Pair Watercolours
  • Antique Pair Watercolours
  • Antique Pair Watercolours
  • Antique Pair Watercolours
  • Antique Pair Watercolours
Price: £1,050.00
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This is a fabulous pair of antique watercolours entitled 'The Cardinals' by Enrico Tarenghi, circa 1910.

They are skillfully executed in pencil over watercolour. Each depicts a cardinal, against the same background - outside a basilica. Both watercolours are signed E Tarenghi.

Enrico Tarenghi produced a number of painting both in watercolour and oil and he is a collectable artist whose painting are selling at major auction houses around the world, such as Bonhams and Chrisitie's.

These watercolours are framed in beautiful Edwardian giltwood frames.


In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 79 x Width 61 - Frame

Height 68 x Width 50 - Painting

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 7 inches x Width 2 feet, 0 inches - Frame

Height 2 feet, 3 inches x Width 1 foot, 8 inches - Painting

Enrico Tarenghi (1848 – 1938) was an Italian painter, mainly of genre and orientalist paintings. He was born and resident in Rome. He studied in the Academy of St Luke in Rome.
Tarenghi's paintings: 'The Return from Work and Prayer by Muslims' were exhibited the first in Turin, in 1880, the latter in Milan, the next year. In Rome, in 1883, he had two canvases: 'Abbey of San Gregorio in Venice and Fulvia'. In 1884 in Turin, he displayed an oil: 'Gelosia', and a watercolour: 'The Mother'. In Livorno 1886, he exhibited 'Meditazione'.
Among his other works are: 'The convalescent woman; Oh, potess' io'(from Faust, Act one, first scene); and 'the Temple of Antonio and Faustina', exhibited at Venice, in 1887.

Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)

was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.

While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.

Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.

The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).


is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.

The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.

It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.

Our reference: 05947

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