An intriguing early portrait by the Venetian master, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, is to be offered at Bonhams Old Master Paintings Sale in London on 8 July. The work, which has never before appeared on the market, is estimated at £200,000-300,000. Portrait of a girl with a basket of fruit and flowers is thought to have been painted between 1720-1725 when Tiepolo was rapidly establishing a career in Venice, the city of his birth. During this period he worked on important commissions including the vast Crucifixion at San Martino in Burano; the Madonna of Mount Carmel for the Confraternity of the Virgin of Carmel at Sant’Aponal and the Glory of Saint Theresa on the vault of the chapel of Saint Theresa in the church of Santa Maria di Nazareth, Venice. Around 1725 the artist completed the decorations in fresco and on canvas for the Palazzo Sandi in Corte dell’Albero.

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