Description & Technical information

A stylistically comparable drawing of five peaches, sharing the same provenance as the present sheet, appeared at auction in Paris in 2008. Similar peaches are frequently found in more finished works by Pancrace Bessa, such as a gouache on vellum drawing of Peaches, Grapes, Blackberries and Flowers on a Ledge, signed and dated 1838, a large watercolour study of Peaches on a Branch, or another, smaller watercolour of Two Peaches on a Ledge, formerly in the collection of Charles Ryskamp and sold at auction in 2011.

The present sheet is among a group of drawings and oil sketches by Bessa only recently rediscovered in the possession of some of the artist’s heirs.

Date:  1827
Period:  1750-1850, 19th century
Origin:  France
Medium: Watercolour
Signature: Inscribed and dated P. Bessa 1827 on the verso. 

Dimensions: 18.4 x 23.2 cm (7¹/₄ x 9¹/₈ inches)
Provenance: Among the contents of the artist’s studio
By descent in the family of the artist at the Château de Castelnau in the Roussillon, until the 1990’s
Anonymous sale, Paris, Christie’s, 16 November 2008, lot 458
Private collection, London.
Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints