A painting by French artist Jean Victor Louis Faure is expected to fetch up to £50,000 at auction after it was discovered in a family home in Norfolk.
The artwork, titled Market Day, The Pantheon, Rome, was brought over in 1965 by the owner’s father, Major H. Moses of Mendam Priory, Harleston, Norfolk.
It had gone unnoticed in the family home for 60 years and was discovered when the house was being packed up.
Major H. Moses’ son said: “My earliest memory of this picture, a scene from the Pantheon in Rome, was for nearly 60 years the prominent place in the hallway of the family home, where it witnessed the coming and going of family life, many Great friends who came over and even a wedding reception.
“For the most part it was seen only as an impressive photograph occupying a large wall space and was sometimes seen to acknowledge its existence.
“It was not until the end, when the house had been cleaned and the only thing left was the picture still hanging in the same prominent position on the wall, which now stood out even more.
“It piqued my interest to learn a little more about the artist Jean-Victor Louis Faure; apparently, I had never thought of asking my parents anything about the picture in their lifetime, surprisingly. Since then, it has proved to be an important- rediscovery of this influential picture I grew up with”.
The oil-on-canvas painting, which measures 1.21 m by 1.72 m in size, is expected to be highly sought after by collectors around the world as the 19th-century painter Faure’s artwork rarely appears at auction.
Brendan Lindbergh, Head of British and European Pictures, said: “Following our success last year with Two Monumental Views of Rome by Frederick Le Bridel (1831–1863), we are looking forward to another, even grander view. Very happy to present Eternal City by French painter Jean Victor Louis Faure.
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“It is rare to find work of this scale and age in such untouched and original condition.
“Fore’s work is rarely marketed and the most comparable example, a decade ago, sold for over £200,000, which is still a record price for the artist”.
The painting will go under the hammer on May 26 at the Old Master, British and European art sale in Druvets.