Continental School, 17th Century Style
Two Panels Depicting Standing Saints with Putti Above, Possibly Wings of an Altarpiece
Each initialed "DP" l.r. or l.l.
Each oil on canvas mounted to panel, 58 x 21 in. (147.3 x 53.3 cm), framed.
Condition: Scattered paint losses, craquelure, varnish discoloration, surface grime.
N.B. These two works have been in the consignor's family for over 50 years, and were likely purchased by the consignor's father, who was an art collector in Manhattan, active in the 1940-1960s. They were tentatively attributed to Domenico Passignano, known as Domenico Cresti, il Passignano (Italian, 1559-1638), based upon a monogram "DP" that appears in the lower corner of each panel.
Framed dimensions are 63 x 26 inches.
Panel with Female Saint with Palm (St. Catherine?), initialed "DP" in red l.l., with restored tears to the center, one to the right side being a vertical tear measuring 11 inches high, and one more the the center in a T shape measuring 3 inches across. These are visible in raking light. A puncture to the canvas surface measuring 3/8 in. diameter located in u.r. quadrant in the leg of putti on far right, abrasion to l.l. Overall surface grime, varnish discoloration, fine craquelure, surface imperfections due to mounting.
Panel with ecclesiastical figure initialed "DP" l.r., with a C-shaped tear (9 1/2 inches high and 10 inches across) located in the upper 1/3 of the canvas, slightly right of center. Scattered abrasions, varnish discoloration, surface grime, fine craquelure, surface accretions and drip-like spotting to surface, primarily along left side, surface imperfections due to mounting.
We cannot confirm that the works are 17th century, especially given the amount of restoration. They are more probably 18th or 19th century.
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