This listing is for an original watercolor on paper of "Monks and Cardinals Playing Chess" by Temistocle Lamesi (1870-1957), an Italian artist born in Rome. It is a signed piece, on mid-right "Lamesi". This is an absolutely stunning piece, using soft watercolors to bring an exciting scene to life. It features a solitary monk, presumably seated on a stool beside a 15th century savonarola chair, while two cardinals are seated across from him in active discussion while playing chess. The level of detail and thought in the piece is incredible, with a wonderful aubusson tapestry hanging in the background with a full scene of it's own, overlooking the trio as the Cardinals appear to be winning. The facial expressions are impeccable, with full detailing down to the toenails - a rather challenging feat in watercolor. The colors are striking, with a pleasing combination that brings immediate brightening to a room, and lends a very pleasant mood to the piece. This is a wonderful piece for any serious collector.
Framed: 24 1/2" high by 31 1/2" wide
Unframed: 13 1/2" high by 21" high (approximated as piece is framed)
Visually Outstanding Condition -
Minor chips and breaks to frame, especially the corners. The watercolor is not behind glass. It is held in place with a board backing, but is not layed down or attached to the backing. Frame does not fit the piece perfectly, as it would ideally have more matting to secure the watercolor in place. Please review photos for more information.
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