19 octobre 2017

Bedford Master, Golden Legend Master, Jouvenel Master and Bartholomeus Anglicus Master, Book of Hours, Paris, circa 1431-40

Bedford Master, Golden Legend Master, Jouvenel Master and Bartholomeus Anglicus Master, Book of Hours, Paris, circa 1431-40. Illuminated manuscript on vellum, with 22 large and 60 small miniatures, all text pages with four-sided illuminated borders, 20.5 x 14.5 cm (8.1 x 5.7 in. large octavo). © Heribert Tenschert Likely made for the second wife of the Duke of Bedford, Jacquette de Luxembourg. Provenance: A. Hachette (1953) Literature: E. König, Paris mon amour, Bibermühle 2017 The primary... [Lire la suite]

16 octobre 2017

‘Maximillian’ breastplate. Etched in the manner of the ‘Danube School’, Italian, circa 1520

‘Maximillian’ breastplate. Etched in the manner of the ‘Danube School’, Italian, circa 1520. Steel, 40 x 40 cm (15.7 x 15.7 in.) © Peter Finer It is conceivable that this breastplate formed part of the gift of armour from the Austrian Imperial Armoury made in about 1800 by the Emperor to Count Breuner of Vienna which is believed to have formed the nucleus of the Grafenegg collection. Formed of a strongly rounded main plate with bold angular outward turn at its straight neck-opening, movable gussets with matching... [Lire la suite]
10 octobre 2017

Exhibition includes masterpieces by one of the most celebrated painters of the Italian Renaissance

Giovanni Bellini, Sacred Allegory, about 1500-1504. Tempera (?) and oil on wood panel. Gallerie degli Uffizi, Florence. Photo: Scala/Ministero per i Beni e le Attività culturali / Art Resource, NY. LOS ANGELES, CA.- One of the most beloved and influential religious painters of the Italian Renaissance, Giovanni Bellini (Venice, about 1435-1516) was also a master in depicting landscape. His paintings of religious scenes often featured evocative natural settings that were as important and affecting as their human... [Lire la suite]
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09 octobre 2017

Rijksmuseum stages first show of Johan Maelwael

La Grande Pietà ronde, Johan Maelwael, c. 1400 © 2009 Musée du Louvre, Erich Lessing AMSTERDAM - From 6 October 2017 until 7 January 2018 the Rijksmuseum honors the first Northern Netherlandish painter: Johan Maelwael (Jean Malouel, Nijmegen, c. 1370 - Dijon, 1415). This uncle of the legendary Limbourg Brothers was active as a versatile, pioneering and productive artist at the courts of the Dukes of Guelders and Burgundy around 1400. Johan Maelwael became one of the most successful and best paid artist of the Western Europe in the... [Lire la suite]
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12 août 2017

School of Tours, Louis XI, King of France (1423 – 1483), c. 1469

School of Tours, Louis XI, King of France (1423 – 1483). Oil on panel: 14 ¾ x 8 ¾ in. (36.5 x 22.2 cm). Painted circa 1469 © The Weiss Gallery ‘Portrait original de Louis onze/ donné par le roi à rigauld/ d'aurel seigneur et Baron/ de Villeneuve du che[r] et/ de Villefranche, qui servit/ ce prince et ses trois successeurs,/ comme chambellan ou maître/ d'hotel, ambassadeur et/homme de guerre distingué./ Ce portrait fut placé dans le [the latter two words crossed out] par rigauld d'aurel/ dans le... [Lire la suite]
03 juillet 2017

Girolamo Francesco Mazzola, called il Parmigianino (Parma 1503-1540 Casal Maggiore), Three studies of a nude female figure

Lot 87. Girolamo Francesco Mazzola, called il Parmigianino (Parma 1503-1540 Casal Maggiore), Three studies of a nude female figure, bears inscription 'Parmigno' (on the reverse of the original sheet), red chalk heightened with white on laid paper, laid onto a second sheet, 6.5 x 10.3cm (2 9/16 x 4 1/16in). unframed. Estimate £15,000 - 20,000 (€17,000 - 23,000). Photo: Bonhams. Provenance: Possibly obtained from the artist's studio by Cav. Francesco Baiardo... [Lire la suite]
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26 avril 2017

A German parcel-gilt silver cup and cover, Eustachius Hohmann, Nuremberg, circa 1593-1602

Lot 13. A German parcel-gilt silver cup and cover, Eustachius Hohmann, Nuremberg, circa 1593-1602; 26.7cm., 10 1/2 in. high; 274.4gr., 8oz. 16dwt. Estimate 6,000 — 8,000 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's. pear form, the lower body chased with foliate strap-work, the cover with stylised urn finial issuing foliate sprays cast from nature, accolee armorials to inside cover, dated 1636, the cast 'wood-cutter' stem below foliate sheet scrollwork, on a spreading circular double-dome foot... [Lire la suite]
26 avril 2017

A German silver-gilt stacking 'Munzbecher', Hans Kellner, Nuremberg, 1592-94

Lot 7. A German silver-gilt stacking 'Munzbecher', Hans Kellner, Nuremberg, 1592-94; 8.9cm., 3 1/2 in. high; 245gr., 8oz. 3dwt. Estimate 8,000 — 12,000 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's. the upper body applied with four casts after antique Roman coins between engraved foliate scrolls, lower body chased with lobes and strapwork, circular foot cast and chased in high relief with dancing putti in leafy scrolls, underside initialled 'L M L' Literature: Timothy Schroder, The Gilbert... [Lire la suite]
24 avril 2017

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, presents largest-ever display of paintings by Sandro Botticelli in the U.S.

Sandro Botticelli and workshop, Venus (detail), about 1484–90. Oil on canvas, transferred from panel. Galleria Sabauda, Turin. lnv. 172. BOSTON, MASS.- This spring, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, presents the largest exhibition of paintings by Sandro Botticelli (about 1445–1510) ever to be shown in the US. Perhaps more than any other painter, Botticelli exemplifies the artistic achievement of Renaissance Florence in the 15th century, and his signature style of strong contours, lyrical poses and flowing... [Lire la suite]
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14 avril 2017

A gilded and enamelled glass pilgrim flask, Venice, probably 15th-16th century

Lot 180. A gilded and enamelled glass pilgrim flask, Venice, probably 15th-16th century. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's.  the glass body blown into bulbous form with flat sides, four small lug handles, gilted with radiating design and polychrome enamelled details, 31cm. height Note: This enamelled glass pilgrim flask is related to a group known in Venice as 'inghistere facade' or 'flat-sided bottle' as well as 'guastada' or 'Damascene glass'. Whereas the shape is of Islamic... [Lire la suite]