Lot 38. Neapolitan School, first half of the 17th century, attributed to Giacomo Recco, Still Life of Flowers in a Carafe, a Copper Basin with Glasses and Carafe, Fruit, Taralli and a Glass Bottle, oil on canvas, 39 3/4 by 51 1/8 in.; 101 by 130 cm. Estimate 80,000 — 120,000 USD. Lot sold 162,500 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's.
Literature: G. De Vito, "Un diverso avvio per il primo tempo della natura morta a Napoli," in Ricerche sul '600 napoletano. Saggi e documenti per la storia dell'arte, Milan 1990, pp. 123-124, reproduced fig. 38 (as Attributed to Giacomo Recco);
A. Cottino, L'Incantesimo dei sensi, Una collezione di nature morte del Seicento per il Museo Accorsi, exhibition catalogue, Turin 2005, pp. 62-65, 105, cat. no. 11, reproduced.
Giuseppe de Vito (see Literature) suggested a tentative attribution of this painting to Giacomo Recco (1603-before 1653). Giacomo, the eldest member of a family of painters, was one of the first Neapolitan still life painters to specialize in floral subjects, though few certain works by him are known. Examples include a signed and dated (1626) Vase of Flowers in the Rivet collection, Paris; a Vase of Flowers with the coat-of-arms of Cardinal Voli in a private collection, Bergamo; and a Vase of Flowers with the coat-of-arms of the Spada Family in the Galleria Lorenzelli, Bergamo.1
1. See A. della Ragione, La Natura Morta Napoletana del Seicento, Naples 2016, reproduced p. 8, fig. 9 and plates 41 and 42, respectively.