Sebastiano Lazzari (Active in Verona, second half of the 18th century), A pair of trompe l'oeil still lifes. Photo Sotheby's

a pair, both oil on canvas; each: 25 by 33 3/8  in.; 63.5 by 84.7 cm. Estimation: 30,000 - 40,000 USD

NOTE DE CATALOGUE Active in Verona in the second half of the 18th century, Lazzari specialized in particular in the present kind of works, still lifes set against highly detailed wooden planks, otherwise known as 'finto asse'. Placed against the planks are various objects often seen in Lazzari's compositions: mathematical and architectural sketches, musical instruments, as well as paintings, red chalk figure drawings, repetitions of engravings. Lazzari's highly personalized approach to trompe l'oeil painting proved successful in the Veneto region, as demonstrated by the activities of his followers andimitators Francesco Bossi, Giovanni Battista Bertoldi and the artist known only by the monogram GF (a comparable picture by this follower of Lazzari can be seen, F.Zeri, La Natura Morta in Italia, Milan 1989, p. 381, cat.no. 453).

Sotheby's. Important Old Master Paintings and Sculpture. New York | 31 janv. 2013 www.sothebys.com