Art Auction 

on behalf of the Estate of Pira^^ / Pira's Galleria

Lot #1427 - A collection of paintings & art


April 18th - 25th, 2003

Session: Saturday, April 26th, 1:00 PM

Westcoast Estates Annex, 

9700 New Hampshire Ave., Washington

Mr. Quin Wrath, Coordinator


Westcoast Auctions Washington Annex

Absentee Bids

Tel: 202-432-7204

Fax: 202-432-7202


All lots in this sale are sold subject to Westcoast Auction's Conditions of Sale or Conditions of Business. As stated in the Conditions, all lots are sold on an "AS IS" basis. Prospective bidders should review the Conditions, Glossary, Important Notices, and Buying at Auction guide.

  LOT #1427:

A capriccio landscape by Francesco Guardi, depicting an arch inspired by the arcade of the Doge's Palace, Venice, is one of the highlights in a selection of works that cover six hundred years of European painting.

Other great pieces include a fine Venus and Adonis by Willem van Mieris and a newly rediscovered altarpiece of The Martyrdom of Saint Dorothea by Gaspar de Crayer.

The sale also features an Interior scene by Anthonie Palamedesz. (Delft 1601-1673 Amsterdam), the prime version of a picture in the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne, and a rare example of the work of the Pseudo-Boltraffio, an early-sixteenth-century follower of Leonardo's eponymous pupil. 



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