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]

01 février 2017

Langobard Bishop's Ring, Italian, made in Lombardy, 7th–8th century

Langobard Bishop's Ring, Italian, made in Lombardy, 7th–8th century. Gold and sliced garnet. Weight: 13.5 g.; circumference: 62.7 mm.; size US 10.25, UK U. Griffin Collection, L.2015.72.36 © 2000–2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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30 janvier 2017

Ostrogothic Gemstone Ring, Italian, Made in Ravenna (?), ca. 500

Ostrogothic Gemstone Ring, Italian, Made in Ravenna (?), ca. 500. Gold and garnet. Height 35.5 mm.; hoop outer diam. 23 mm.; hoop inner diam. 19.5 mm.; bezel 12 x 11.5 mm.; weight 18.25 g. Griffin Collection, L.2015.72.6 © 2000–2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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29 janvier 2017

Inscribed Sapphire Ring, Italian, late 14th century (setting); 10th century? (sapphire)

Inscribed Sapphire Ring, Italian, late 14th century (setting); 10th century? (sapphire). Gold, sapphire. Height 30.8 mm; hoop outer diam. 27.89 mm; bezel 16.15 x 17.4 mm; weight 23.5 grams; US size 7.25; UK size O. Griffin Collection, L.2015.73.3. © 2000–2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Many rings employ stones repurposed from other pieces of jewelry. This extraordinary ring showcases a large sapphire inscribed in Arabic with the name: “Abd as-Salam ibn Ahmad.” The stone, engraved centuries before the ring was... [Lire la suite]
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]