05 juillet 2017

Sotheby's Old Masters Evening Sale in London to include a sculpture for the first time ever

Lot 28. Pietro Tacca (1577-1640), Portrait Bust of Grand Duke Ferdinando II de’ Medici (1610-1670), terracotta, on a wood base, bust: 75.5cm., base: 11cm. Estimate £1,000,000-2,000,000. Photo: Sotheby's. LONDON.- This summer, Sotheby’s will present at auction a wide range of sculptures from the Middle Ages to the early 19th century. The sales follow the company’s recent announcement of the appointment of Alexander Kader and Margaret Schwartz as Co-Worldwide Heads of European Sculpture & Works... [Lire la suite]

12 avril 2016

A small South German "Tränendekor" vermeil tankard, probably Passau, 17th century

Lot 35. A small South German "Tränendekor" vermeil tankard, probably Passau, 17th century. Estimate 4000 EUR. Photo Nagel. Hallmark, housemark (maker's mark). C. 184g. The knob on the cover probably later, minor dents. H. 10,5 cm Nagel. Sale 733, 13th April 2016
20 mars 2016

Kunstkammer Georg Laue at TEFAF Maastricht 2016

Leonhard Kern (Forchtenberg 1588-1662 Schwäbisch Hall), Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, Circa 1614-20, Alabaster, 30.5 x 22 cm. Kunstkammer Georg Laue (stand 204) © TEFAF Maastricht, 2016 Featuring Adam and Eve in the aftermath of the original sin, this alabaster relief belongs to the few known sculptures produced by Leonhard Kern after his return from Italy in 1614 and before his settlement in Schwäbisch Hall in 1620. The high quality, realism and plasticity of the carving distinguish it as one of... [Lire la suite]
17 février 2016

"Memento Mori", South German, possibly Augsburg, 17th century

"Memento Mori", ivory skeleton in an ebonized wood coffin. South German, possibly Augsburg, 17th century.
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09 février 2014

South German, probably Augsburg, late 16th or early 17th century, Unicorn drinking cup

South German, probably Augsburg, late 16th or early 17th century, Unicorn drinking cup. Photo Sotheby's gilt bronze, on a later red veined marble base; bronze: 13.9 by 13.3cm., 5½ by 5¼in.; base: 8.7 by 15.2cm., 3½ by 6in. Estimate 25,000 — 35,000 GBP. Unsold Note: This gilt-bronze unicorn is transformed into a drinking cup once the detachable head is removed. The large eyes with prominent pupils and the stipled treatment of the pelt are typical characteristics of late 16th and early 17th-century South German bronze... [Lire la suite]
18 janvier 2014

Reliquary Bust of St Agnes, South German, circa 1600

Reliquary Bust of St Agnes, South German, circa 1600. Photo Sotheby's. The slighter figure with shoulders chased with part matted scrolls and stylized flowers between gilded bands of formal fruits and other motifs, applied at front with a banner engraved Hoc Sacrum Caput est santae Agnetis Virgin is et Martiyris above armorials, the saint's hair enclosed in a crespine below the royal crown with four straps rising to a simple cross, the circlet with chased fruits with plaques between engraved with linear motifs and shells and... [Lire la suite]
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18 janvier 2014

Reliquary Bust of Pope Saint Sixtus II , South German, 1595

Reliquary Bust of Pope Saint Sixtus II , South German, 1595. Photo Sotheby's. The well modelled face with diaper hair crespine below the openwork domed mitre surmounted by a cross, richly chased with fruits, flowers and winged cherub heads, hinged (now fixed) to reveal the hair-chased skull with ring finial, the cloak with formal straps, scalework panels and crowns with gilt borders with similar embellishment to the mitre, on four winged cherub supports with gothic fleur de lys frieze between, applied at front with a roundel... [Lire la suite]
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18 janvier 2014

Reliquary Bust of St Ursula, South German, 1593

Reliquary Bust of St Ursula, South German, 1593. Photo Sotheby's. The maiden's gilded tresses flowing over her dress chased with fleur de lys and bordered by trailing flowers, winged cherubs heads and other motifs, an applied oval enclosing the Pascal lamb and flanked by armorials, above another plaque inscribed 1593 Hoc Sacrum Caput est ex Reliquiis Sanctarum und Ecies Mille Virginum Sodalium S Ursulae, her crown of eight panels of cherub heads, set with various stones as is the border above the four cherub feet with gothic... [Lire la suite]
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18 janvier 2014

Probably South German, circa 1590, Reliquary

Probably South German, circa 1590, Reliquary. Photo Sotheby's. inscribed: F.P.D.A. ANO 90 and SVSPICE CAELVM ET INTVERE ET CONTEMPLA RE AETHERA. IOB. XXXV. on the base and: SECTER ANRARA, STIBUR CIA MAR, S. SVB CIO MAR to the frames around the receptacles; gilt bronze and rock crystal, mounted with rubies; 27cm., 10 5/8 in. Estimation 7,000 — 10,000 GBP Provenance: Gift from Johannes, Count Moÿ de Sons (1902 - 1995), Schloss Anif, Salzburg The unusual shape of the present reliquary seems to be inspired by the so-called... [Lire la suite]
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30 décembre 2013

South German or Flemish, second half 17th century, Sleeve

South German or Flemish, second half 17th century, Sleeve. Photo Sotheby's depicting a Bacchinalian scene, probably the central section of a tall, footed cup. ivory; height 2 5/16 in., 5.9 cm.; diameter 5 1/8 in., 13 cm. Estimation 5,000 — 7,000 USD. Sotheby's. Important Old Master Paintings and Sculpture. New York, 30 janv. 2014 - www.sothebys.com
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