BOY WITH HANDS CROSSED BY AMEDEO MODIGLIANI
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Pfannstiel Lanthemann Ceroni J. Modigliani Parisot Patani Restellini Wayne
NO ? NO Nº 250 ? ? Nº 264 ? ?
Date 1918 ?
Title Boy with hands crossed - Boy with hands on lap - Young boy - Young man sitting crossed hands in knees
Materials Oil on canvas
Size 92 x 60 cm
Signature: Signed "modigliani" top right
Actual Location Private Collection
Provenance -?-
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Léopold Zborowski, Paris (sold 1927)
Crespo Collection, Buenos Aires ( 1927 ? - 2019)

Sale: Sotheby's London, Impressionist & Modern art evening sale - Sale 19 June 2019 - Lot 8
Estimated: 16.000.000 - 24.000.000 GBP - Sold: ?
?

Note:
Auction text makes mention to Ceroni & Patani catalogue notes, there in no mention of Parisot, Restellini or Wayne approval in the text.
(This means Sotheby's does not trust or require the opinion of any living experts?)


In process

Bibliography -?-

Ceroni & Piccioni, Il dipinti di Modigliani, Rizzoli, Milano, 1970 - nº 250, dated 1918 and titled boy with hands in lap and located in Crespo Collection, Buenos Aires
Patani, Catalogo Generale, Leonardo, Milano, 1991-94 - nº 264, dated 1918 and titled boy with hands in lap and located in Private Collection


In process

Exhibitions -?-
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In process

Other Not in D' Atri papers

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This painting has been considered as lost since the Ceroni Black & white reproduction in 1970.

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The painting framed for auction:
framed for auction
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The signature of the painting is absolutely anomalous, it present a double signature, probably because of a bristle of the brush, it is made in black oil and the "m" is made in 3 traces,
the "o", the "o" is totally open, the "a" is joint in the upper side to the "n". The linearity of the signature is complete in design with a little upper curve in the center; but of course this does
not means nothing, only old fashion art historians/connosieurs would dare to say it's fake based on that stupid and pointless dissertation, a total nonsense.

Signatures in Modigliani have no rules and to say that there are is like saying he signed with a stamp...

Detail of signature in visible normal light:

signature normal light

Black Extraction 50%:
black 50% signature

Only Black:
only black visible

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The eyes and nose of this painting reflect a style Modigliani used from the end of 1915 to the first months of 1918, very similar eye and nose construction can be
seen in many Modigliani works from this period:


eyes and nose
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This painting presents holes in 2 corners, probably the others are covered by restoration.

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I have no information of any cleaning procedure in this case, but the surface seems to be clean and the painting mantain the reds in perfect shape.

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Detail of the ears where the drawing is clearly visible and is painted over the color (on top of the color)


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Curiosity:
Marc Restellini extract from a report by him will give a deeper comprehension of the private expert way of working:

marcrestellini

Translation:
The ears: When they are left exposed in female portraits (rare), they are not detailed. Even in the portraits of men, they are not the object of so much detail.

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Exactly the opposite to this case, the ears are full in details, as detailed as the eyes and even more than the hands...

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