13 juillet 2014

Italian Carved Porphyry Skull, Circa 1700

Italian Carved Porphyry Skull, Circa 1700. Photo courtesy M.S.Rau Antiques. 7" wide x 7 1/2" deep x 9 1/2" high. Price: $28,850 As intriguing as it is menacing, this life-size Italian skull is carved of porphyry, one of the most precious stones in the world. Symbolizing life as well as death, this stunning piece is exceptionally detailed, from the fissures in the cranium to the missing teeth. A true momento mori, or reminder that death comes to all living things, this skull is a captivating treasure. Porphyry (derived... [Lire la suite]
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11 juillet 2014

Italian, 16th century, Pendant Crucifix

Italian, 16th century, Pendant Crucifix. Photo Sotheby's the rock crystal inscribed: INRI, rock crystal, with gold mounts adorned with gold filigree and enamel, suspended with three freshwater pearls, 6.2cm., 2½in. overall. Estimation 4,000 — 6,000 GBP - Lot. Vendu 5,000 GBP Provenance: with Charles Ratton, Paris. Sotheby's. Old Master Sculpture and Works of Art. London | 10 juil. 2014 -www.sothebys.com
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12 juin 2014

A gem-set, diamond and enamel brooch, E. Serafini, Italian

A gem-set, diamond and enamel brooch, E. Serafini, Italian. Photo: Bonhams. designed as a circular and cabochon ruby fish, with oval sapphire cabochon eyes and orange and yellow enamel fins and tail, further enhanced by circular-cut diamonds and citrine detail; signed E. Serafini, Firenze; estimated total diamond weight: 2.25 carats; mounted in eighteen karat yellow gold; gross weight approximately: 33.5 grams; length: 2 1/2in. (several diamonds and one ruby cabochon deficient). Estimate US$ 8,000 - 12,000 (€5,900 - 8,900) ... [Lire la suite]
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08 juin 2014

Pendant set with the Virgin and Child, Italian, Trapani, 18th century

Pendant set with the Virgin and Child, Italian, Trapani, 18th century. Photo Sotheby's coral, mounted in enamelled gold ; 7cm., 2¾in. Estimate 6,000 — 8,000 GBP Note: This charming pendant is typical of the finely carved coral devotional objects produced in Trapani in Sicily during the 17th and 18th centuries. The present pendant is distinguished by its striking enamelled gold halo formed of flame-like finials. Sotheby's. Old Master Sculpture and Works of Art, London | 10 Jul 2014 - http://www.sothebys.com/
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08 juin 2014

Pendant set with the Virgin surrounded by angels, Italian, Trapani, 17th century

Pendant set with the Virgin surrounded by angels, Italian, Trapani, 17th century. Photo Sotheby's coral, mounted on partially enamelled and gilt bronze; 15cm., 5 7/8 in. Estimate 8,000 — 12,000 GBP Sotheby's. Old Master Sculpture and Works of Art, London | 10 Jul 2014 - http://www.sothebys.com/
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06 mai 2014

An Italian Pietre dure mounted ebony and palisander cabinet on stand, in 17th century style, Florentine 19th century

An Italian Pietre dure mounted ebony and palisander cabinet on stand, in 17th century style, Florentine 19th century. Photo Sotheby's of breakfront form, the central niche with an associated gilt-bronze putto opening to reveal ten marble mounted drawers flanked by Corinthian columns and drawers panelled with ripple-cut mouldings and raised panels mounted with Florentine plaques depicting birds on fruiting branches, the sides with an octagonal panel similarly mounted with a bird on a fruiting branch, on a later stand with six... [Lire la suite]


24 novembre 2013

Attributed to the Saracchi Workshop, Italian, Milan, late 16th century, Zibellino in the form of a marten head mounted as a snuf

Attributed to the Saracchi Workshop, Italian, Milan, late 16th century, Zibellino in the form of a marten head mounted as a snuff box. Photo courtesy Sotheby's rock crystal, inlaid with red garnets, with an 18th-/ 19th-century rock crystal lid with gold mounts; 4.7 by 8.2cm., 1 7/8 by 3¼in. Estimation 10,000 — 15,000 GBP Provenance: Oskar Dieter Alex von Rosenberg-Rédé, 3rd Baron von Rosenberg-Redé (1922-2004) or Guy Édouard Alphonse Paul de Rothschild, Baron de Rothschild (1908-2007), Hôtel Lambert or Château de Ferrières,... [Lire la suite]
24 novembre 2013

Circle of Alessandro Masnago (FL. 1575-1612), Italian, Milan, circa 1575, Cameo with the Adoration of the Magi and David on the

Circle of Alessandro Masnago (Fl. 1575-1612), Italian, Milan, circa 1575, Cameo with the Adoration of the Magi and David on the threshing floor. Photo courtesy Sotheby's white and brown sardonyx; 73mm., 2 7/8 in. Estimation 50,000 — 70,000 GBP Provenance: private collection, United Kingdom Exposition: Hakone, Open-Air Museum and Fukuoka, City Museum, The art of gem engraving from Alexander the Great to Napoleon III, 2008, no. 208 Litterature: J. Boardman et al., The art of gem engraving from Alexander the Great to Napoleon... [Lire la suite]
24 novembre 2013

Attributed to Giovanni Delle Corniuole (circa 1470- after 1516), Italian, Florence, late 15th century, Cameo with Christ in prof

Attributed to Giovanni Delle Corniuole (circa 1470- after 1516), Italian, Florence, late 15th century, Cameo with Christ in profile with an intaglio of the Annunciation to the reverse. Photo courtesy Sotheby's agate with a sardonyx intaglio, mounted on an enamelled silver stand; cameo: 44mm., 1¾in. stand: 9.5mm., 3¾in. Estimation 40,000 — 50,000 GBP Provenance: Robert O'Connor, London;on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1978;Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé, Paris, until 2009 Sotheby's. European Sculpture... [Lire la suite]
24 novembre 2013

Italian, 16th century, Pectoral cross set with intaglios with signs of the zodiac

Italian, 16th century, Pectoral cross set with intaglios with signs of the zodiac. Photo courtesy Sotheby's inscribed: DVM SPERO VNICVM CRVCIS HAC IN IMAGINE STELLA \ SANGVINE SIC RVBEAT SPES MEA CHRISTE TVO \ AVREA CEV RVBET HAEC CHRISTIVM SPERO \ DOMINI FVGITE PARIES ADVERSA ECCE \ VICIT LEA DE TRIBV IVDA; the upper gem on the lower arm possibly earlier; gold, set with heliotrope intaglios; 84mm., 3 5/16 in. Estimation 4,000 — 6,000 GBP Provenance: private collection, the Netherlands;and thence by descent to the present owners... [Lire la suite]
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