01 avril 2018

A carved boxwood memento mori skeleton, Southern Germany, 17th century

Lot 3050. A carved boxwood memento mori skeleton, Southern Germany, 17th century; 26.2 cm, 10 1/4  in. Estimate 400,000 — 600,000 HKD. © Sotheby's 2018. well carved as Todlein standing on a irregular stand with its head turning to the left, the right hand portrayed holding an hourglass supporting a frog, the figure of Death powerfully depicted with a layer of skin around the skull and remnants of skin acting as clothing and partially revealing the skeletal structure, further adorned with a sash... [Lire la suite]
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29 décembre 2017

Lid cup from Martin Luther's estate, Southern Germany, around 1540

Lid cup from Martin Luther's estate, Southern Germany, around 1540. Silver, gilded. H 14.3 cm, diam cover 9.7 cm, diam foot 8.4 cm. Green Vault, IV 313. © Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden In addition to the Luther cup in the Stadtgeschichtliches Museum in Leipzig, the low lid cup of the Grünes Gewölbe belongs to the scientifically secured silver objects owned by the Reformer. Around 1540 he was given this by his friend and fellow combatant, the Wittenberg theologian and Probst Justus Jonas. Its coat of arms is... [Lire la suite]
29 décembre 2017

Owl as a drinking vessel, Southern Germany, around 1540

Owl as a drinking vessel, Southern Germany, around 1540. Silver, gilded, reverse glass painting, enamel. H 45.0 cm. Green Vault, IV 302. © Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden  Although the owl is rendered in a very stylized way, the extremely fine chiselling of the plumage and the effective alternation between gilded and non-gilded parts are impressive. The cover figure in the shape of an ancient warrior presents a shield with the Saxon-Saxon alliance coat of arms in reverse glass painting, which... [Lire la suite]
27 décembre 2017

Pendant with the monogram AA for the elector couple Anna and August of Saxony, Southern Germany (probably Nuremberg), 1548-1585

Pendant with the monogram AA for the elector couple Anna and August of Saxony, Southern Germany (probably Nuremberg), between 1548 and 1585. Gold, enamel, 20 diamonds, 10 rubies, 2 emeralds. H 6,7 cm, W 6,5 cm. Green Vault, VIII 286 © Dresden State Art Collections. Name initials can be found at the latest since the beginning of the 16th century in the form of embroidery on dresses. The takeover in the jewelry takes place almost simultaneously. In most cases, the initials can be resolved on the owners and their... [Lire la suite]
24 novembre 2016

Pair of gilded oval medallions, Southern Germany, late 16th century

Lot 678. Pair of gilded oval medallions, Southern Germany, late 16th century. Estimate: € 2500-3500. Photo Hampel Height: 6.5 cm each. Width:. 5 cm.  With mythological reliefs: Jason the dragon and the winged Armorknäblein and Apollo and Daphne, which turns into a Braum, before each scenic background. Bronze, fine ziselliert and hallmarked. The gilding on the raised areas with age partly a bit worn. Set into wood assembly frame. Literature: I. Weber, German, Dutch and French... [Lire la suite]
30 mars 2016

Dancing Death, Southern Germany, 18th century

Dancing Death, Southern Germany, 18th century, ivory, H. 13 cm, Inv. B 151 © Rheinisches Bildarchiv
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24 février 2016

Pendant, Southern Germany, 1570

Pendant, Southern Germany, 1570. Champlevé enamel, enamelled gold, aquamarine, ruby, pearl; 7,2 x 4 cm. Köln, Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln, Inv.-Nr. G 1015 CL © 2016 RHEINISCHES BILDARCHIV KÖLN
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24 décembre 2015

Pendant in book form, Rosenkranzeinhänger, Early 16th century, Southern Germany

Pendant in book form, Rosenkranzeinhänger, Early 16th century, Southern Germany. Silver, partly gilded, engraved. Kunstgewerbemuseum © Photo:  Museum of Decorative Arts of the National Museums in Berlin - Prussian Cultural Heritage. Photo:  Saturia Left The two eyelets at the top and bottom frame make it likely that the silver pendants book was originally intended as an Attachment for a rosary. The two ornamented book cover and the side frames are gilded. Inside the small book box... [Lire la suite]
11 avril 2014

Furniture and Sculptures at Koller, 27 March 2014

ZURICH - Top bids covering the Renaissance up to Historicism. The large auction for Furniture and Sculptures on 27 March brought several surprises over the course of the day. Already shortly after the auction opened, bidders wereagitatedly fighting over a Venetian wedding casket from the 15th century by the Embriachi workshop, opulently decorated with carved bone. The casket sold for CHF 108 000, i.e. more than four times the estimated price (lot 1019). The top lots for the morning were the red lacquer... [Lire la suite]
22 juillet 2013

Pendant with a bunch of grapes, southern Germany, beginning of the 17th century

Pendant with a bunch of grapes, southern Germany, beginning of the 17th century. H. 5,3 cm, B. 3,4 cm. Inv.-Nr. KK_2127. Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer © Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna
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