This has been a good week for Barbaro works with a total of 6 watercolours coming to market. 3 still-life studies of various fruit combinations, 2 studies of Mediterranean maidens (thought to be studies of Amy Barbaro) and a classic "Camel rider with mosque and city beyond" watercolour with bodycolour highlights signed Giovanni Barbaro Italy which usually indicates pre-1900. Displayed within a classic period gilt mount. The latter achieved within £300-£500 estimate which was a good price considering the 180mm x 405mm dimensions. The still-lifes achieved within estimate but the pair of portraits didn't reach estimate which was good for the buyer. This week proves that there is a growing demand for Barbaro works. Also, amazingly, a pair of Hassan el Yashmid watercolours (yes, watercolours not prints) appeared at auction in the traditional period ebonized frames and achieved a good price. Further details on these in due course.
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