ARGUS Ca 1890
Signed by Artist L. Papaluca, the Elder
(1890 - 1934)
Gouache on paper Signed
Unframed 12 3/4 " L x 18 3/4" H Framed 18 1/4"
H x 24 1/4" L
Presented is a pristine watercolor by the well known
Neapolitan pierhead artist Luca Papaluca of Italy who was quite prolific in the last part of the 19th Century and the early
20th Century. He is mainly noted for his water colors and Gouache, but in rare occasions worked in oil. His ship and yacht
portraits bring considerable sums. Note the crew in the rigging which are either furling or making sail. The ship is moving
at a good clip and there is a "bone in her teeth".
The coloring and draftsmanship are of
the highest quality making this offering a exemplary example of Papaluca, the father's, most desirable form of work
CONDITION: The painting in excellent condition. The frame has a couple of chips.
AUCTIONEER CHRISTIE'S sold two interesting Gouache by
Papaluca on May 16, 2007 of M.Y. Princess, R.C.Y.C., 15 1/4 x 17 1/4 in, and S.Y. Fantome
II, R.Y.S., formerly the Barque Belem, built 1896 she is back in French hands and sailing under her original name, 17
1/2 x 27 1/2 in. Princess sold for $3840.00, and Fantome II / Belem, $5280.00 The
prices included fees. Both were titled signed in the lower right as in the Argus painting.
The photographs were taken shooting through glass and the colors are much more vibrant
than shown here and are without the yellow caste.
THE ARTIST: Luca Papaluca, 1890 - 1934, was a Pierhead
Painter from Naples, who primarily painted in gouaches and water colors on paper which mainly show sailing ships, steamers
and yachts on their visits to the Bay of Naples. He also painted historical subjects to a lesser extent. Sometimes, he painted
a pictures showing the vessel in calm conditions and another of the same vessel in stormy weather. On rare occasions he is
known to have painted in oil. His work should not be confused with his son who migrated to the America and was working as
late as the 1960. The son did mostly seascapes and naval historical scenes of lesser quality.
CLIPPER SHIP ARGUS: Little is known of the Argus,
but she advertised her fast sailing abilities on cards to attract passenger as a “fast-sailing British Bark”.
One such card says she was sailing under as a “Neutral Flag for Marseilles.” This is important because she sailed
during the American Civil War, probably carrying goods and passengers to France, under French Registry, and neutrality and
speed would both contribute to an uninterrupted voyage.
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