Italy: circa 1990. Original oil painting on copper. 22k gold leaf frame with brown crackle panel. Image size (including text): 9 1/2 x 8 3/8 inches. 22k gold leaf with brown crackle sides. 12 x 10 7/8 inches.
Marco Ceri lives in Northern Italy where he paints in oil on copper pictures in a very specific genre all his own. They are paintings of English people engaged at polo, golf or tennis during the Edwardian era. A great deal of research provides a high degree of accuracy to every aspect of these scenes including, of course, the attire and sports equipment, but even the postures and demeanors of the participants. The accuracy of the elements however does not intrude on the overall delight expressed in these tableaux. The artist keeps a low profile, enjoying his virtual anonymity. He considers himself a craftsman, who by limiting his sphere of activity, brings that craft closer and closer to perfection. This work bears the alternate signature of the artist: "M.V.", which reflects the use of his middle initial.