17 janvier 2017

Italian Console Table, ca. 1780

Console in wood, gilded, Italy, ca. 1780. Measurements: Height 91.5 cm - Width 123 cm - Depth 56 cm. Axel Vervoordt NV at Brafa Art Fair, Brussels, 21-29 january 2017. Axel Vervoordt NV - Archaeology, Oriental Art, Furniture, Objects of Art. Kanaal, Stokerijstraat 19, 2110 Wijnegem, Belgium
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02 janvier 2017

Plate with Paris Killing Achilles and arms of the Calini family, Nicolo da Gabriele Sbraghe, ca. 1525, Italian, Urbino

Plate with Paris Killing Achilles and arms of the Calini family, Nicolo da Gabriele Sbraghe (Italian, active by 1520–37/38), ca. 1525, Italian, Urbino. Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware). Overall: 1 1/8 × 10 1/2 in. (2.9 × 26.7 cm). Purchase, Funds from various donors, 1884, 84.3.2 © 2000–2016 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Classical mythology and biblical history are the most popular themes found on Renaissance maiolica. For inspiration, painters looked to widely circulated prints, carefully modifying the rectangular... [Lire la suite]
02 janvier 2017

Dish with two lovers, ca. 1520–50, Italian, Deruta

Dish with two lovers, ca. 1520–50, Italian, Deruta. Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware), lustered. Overall (confirmed): 3 5/8 × 16 5/8 in. (9.2 × 42.2 cm). Purchase, 1884, 84.2.11 © 2000–2016 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The likely contexts for the display of large dishes are not easily identified. Clues might be found in a dish's subject matter, which was often either amorous—as with this embracing couple—or religious. Both subjects are essentially domestic, lending themselves to the private spaces of a wealthy home. The... [Lire la suite]
20 décembre 2016

Cameo with a portrait of the Roman emperor Galba, French or Italian, circa 1575

Lot 66. Cameo with a portrait of the Roman emperor Galba, French or Italian, circa 1575. Estimate 10,000 — 15,000 GBP. Lot sold 12,500 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's entitled: GALBA - chalcedony, within a white and black enamelled gold mount, suspended with a later drop pearl -8.9cm., 3 1/2 in. overall Note: This handsome cameo, distinguished by the precise handling of the stone's strata to reveal a finely rendered portrait in the brown layer, which strongly contrasts with the polished... [Lire la suite]
20 décembre 2016

Flavio Sirletti (1683-1737), Intaglio with the Apollo Belvedere, mounted as a ring, Italian, Rome, circa 1720

Lot 87. Flavio Sirletti (1683-1737), Intaglio with the Apollo Belvedere, mounted as a ring, Italian, Rome, circa 1720. Estimate 10,000 — 15,000 GBP. Lot sold 25,000 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's dark brown sard, within a gold ring setting; intaglio: 25mm., 15/16 in.; intaglio and mount: 28mm., 1 1/16 in.; ring size: H½; exterior ring diameter: 22mm., 14/16 in. Provenance: British private collection, 1755 (see Lippert below); Charles Spencer, 3rd Duke of Marlborough... [Lire la suite]
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05 août 2016

Pluto and Cerberus, Italian, Venice, mid-16th century

Pluto and Cerberus, Italian, Venice, mid-16th century. Bronze, dark brown patina. Height: 20 3/4 in. (52.7 cm). Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941; 41.100.80 © 2000–2016 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Pluto, the god of the underworld, stands with the three-headed hound Cerberus, who guards its gates. This impressive bronze group, produced in Venice under the influence of the sculptor Jacopo Sansovino, was left unfinished at several stages. First, it seems to have been interrupted when the artist was... [Lire la suite]

02 juillet 2016

Italian, Faenza or perhaps Pesaro, circa 1500, Double handled albarello with a contour-panel portrait of a lady

Lot 46. Italian, Faenza or perhaps Pesaro, circa 1500, Double handled albarello with a contour-panel portrait of a lady. the reverse with gothic foliage, maiolica, 21.4cm., 8 3/8 in. high. Estimation 15,000 — 25,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby's Provenance: Christie's London, 3rd October 1983, lot 238 (as Tuscan) Sotheby's. Old Master Sculpture and Works of Art Including Splendours from a Mantuan Palazzo, Londres, 05 juil. 2016, 02:30 PM 
02 juillet 2016

Italian, Tuscany or Umbria, circa 1450-1470, Dish painted with a contour portrait of a young man

Lot 52. Italian, Tuscany or Umbria, circa 1450-1470, Dish painted with a contour portrait of a young man, maiolica, 36.3cm., 14 1/4 in. diameter. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby's Provenance: Franco Semenzato, Firenze, November 1987, lot 309 Bibliography: R. Falchi and D. Tiscione, Antiche Maioliche Italiane, Bergamo 1989, cover, pp. 16-17 Sotheby's. Old Master Sculpture and Works of Art Including Splendours from a Mantuan Palazzo, Londres, 05 juil. 2016, 02:30... [Lire la suite]
02 juillet 2016

Luca della Robbia 'il Giovane', Italian, Florence, circa 1510-1520, Tondo with the coat of arms of the Visdomini Family

Lot 63. Luca della Robbia 'il Giovane' (circa 1475-1548), Italian, Florence, circa 1510-1520, Tondo with the coat of arms of the Visdomini Family. Estimate 60,000 — 35,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby's inscribed: DEBIS / D[OMI]NIS, polychromed glazed terracotta, within a painted metal mount, 62cm., 24 3/8 in. diameter. Provenance: Carlo De Carlo, Florence;sold Eredi Carlo De Carlo, Semenzato Florence, 19 April 2001, lot 110 Exhibition: Fiesole, Basilica di Sant'Alessandro, I... [Lire la suite]
05 février 2016

Gold pendant jewel of a hippocamp, perhaps Italian, late 16th century, with later additions

Gold pendant jewel of a hippocamp, perhaps Italian, late 16th century, with later additions. Bequeathed by Baron Ferdinand Anselm Rothschild, 1898. Ex-collection: Albert Denison, 1st Baron Londesborough . WB.157. British Museum collection. © Trustees of the British Museum Pendant jewel; gold; set with rubies and emeralds; form of hippocamp, body of baroque pearl set in gold enamelled green; head in gold with white enamel; collar of rubies; three star-shaped settings with stone below; four pendant pearls;... [Lire la suite]