A painting by French artist Jean Victor Louis Faure is expected to fetch up to £50,000 at auction after it was discovered in a family home in Norfolk.
he artwork entitled ‘Market Day, The Pantheon, Rome’ was brought in 1965 by the owner’s father, Major H. Mosse, from Mendham Priory, Harleston in Norfolk.
It had hung unnoticed in the family home for 60 years and was only discovered when the house was being packed up.
Major H. Mosse’s son said: “My earliest memory of this picture, a view of the Pantheon in Rome, was of the prominent position it occupied for nearly 60 years in the hallway of the family home, witnessing the comings and goings of the family Life, the many great friends who came to visit, and even a wedding reception.
“For the most part it was just viewed as an impressive image, occupying a large wall space, with the occasional glance to confirm its existence.
“Only at the end, when the house was cleared, was only the picture hanging on the wall, which now attracted even more attention in a prominent place.
“This piqued my interest in learning a little more about the artist Jean Victor Louis Faure, as of course I had never thought to ask my parents about the painting while I was alive, it has surprisingly turned out to be an important rediscovery of this impressive image I grew up with”.
The oil-on-canvas painting, which measures 1.21 by 1.72 metres, is likely to be highly sought after by collectors around the world, as works by the 19th-century painter Faure rarely appear at auction.
Brandon Lindberg, Head of British & European Pictures at Dreweatts, said: “Following our success last year with two monumental views of Rome by Frederick Lee Bridell (1831-1863), we are delighted to offer another, even greater view of Rome to be able Eternal City by French painter Jean Victor Louis Faure.
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“It is rare to find a work of this magnitude and age in such pristine and original condition.
“Faure’s work only comes out occasionally and the closest comparable example sold for over £200,000 over a decade ago, which is still the artist’s record price”.
The painting will go under the hammer at Dreweatt’s Old Masters, British and European Art sale on 26 May.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/rare-19th-century-painting-of-romes-pantheon-discovered-in-norfolk-family-home-41647506.html Rare 19th century painting of the Roman Pantheon discovered in the Norfolk family home