Hector Caffieri (British, 1847-1932) was a masterful watercolorist primarily painting fishing scenes, English and French ports, flowers, and landscapes. He was born in Cheltenham Gloucestershire in England. Caffieri worked and lived in London in 1880. Lived in 1889 in Cookham Berkshire and France from 1903, living for some time in Boulogne-Sur-Mer on the northern coast, thus his great interest in coastal scenes. He had marvelous tutors having trained in Paris under Léon Bonnat, and Jules-Joseph Lefebvre , both great exponents of genre painting and both traditional academicians. Caffieri was a member of the New Water Colour Society which later became the Royal. He died in January of 1932.
His work has sold at major auction galleries, including Sothebys, Christies, Bonhams, Heritage, and many other significant galleries in Europe. His high auction price was over $35,000.00. At the end of the listing we have given examples of his exhibitions.
Medium: Watercolor on paper laid on board.
Title: "Boats Coming Home"
Size: 14 1/4 by 21 inches (36.2 by 53.3 cm) (sheet); Framed (under glass) 18 3/4 by 25 3/4 by 2 1/2 inches.
Signed: Lower left (beneath frame): "H. Caffieri"
PROVENANCE: Cider House Galleries, Surrey, England.
Condition: Board trimmed to edges of work. Moderate overall paper discoloration with toning on edges. Possible water damage to lower right edge.
Caffieri had exhibited widely: At the Royal Academy from 1875 to 1901 -some 38 works:
The Salon de la Société des Artistes Français 1892-3 with 'Attente' and Départ des Batteaux de Boulogne. Royal Society of British Artists - 58 Royal Society of Portrait Painters 1 Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour - 148 Royal Institute of Oil Painters - 17 Royal Scottish Academy - 1 Royal Society of Painters in Water Colour - 2 Royal Society of Artists Birmingham - 25 Agnew and Sons - 3 Dudley Gallery - 6 Grosvenor Gallery - 2 Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts - 24 Walker Art Gallery Liverpool - 26 Manchester City Art Gallery - 15 New Gallery - 1
Museums and Collections: Capetown, Sunderland, Sydney, Warrington. Royal Collection.
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