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Stefan Lochner - Madonna Of The Roses, Surrounded By Angels Making Music And Bearing Fruits

Stefan Lochner - Madonna Of The Roses, Surrounded By Angels Making Music And Bearing Fruits

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Lot number: 401
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After Stefan Lochner MADONNA OF THE ROSES, SURROUNDED BY ANGELS MAKING MUSIC AND BEARING FRUITS oil on panel 82.9 by 64.9 cm.; 32 5/8 by 25 1/2 in. Provenance Collection Dr. J.S. by 1952; Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 30 October 1996, lot 43, where acquired by the present owner, for £5,175. Exhibited Marseilles, Musée Cantini, L'Art du Moyen Age dans les Collection Marseillaises, no. 54, 20 May - 20 July 1952. Literature Marseilles, Musée Cantini, L'Art du Moyen Age dans les Collection Marseillaises, cat. no. 54, 20 May - 20 July 1952. Catalogue Note This is an enlarged copy after Lochner's original panel in Cologne, Wallraf-Richartz Museum (inv. no. WRM 67). The panel has been cradled and is secure. The panel is elegant and thin, lying flat and calm. There is an old split beginning at the top edge, 16cm from the right hand edge, measuring 25cm. It runs along the right hand side of the rose tressle in the composition, and is thus by coincidence not obstructive to the unity of the composition. There is another, much finer split , measuring about 34cm from the upper edge, about 10cm from the left hand edge, with some related tiny nicks in the paint on the flying angel's face. This split beging again, in a much finer form, from the lower edge and must indicate a weakness in the panel along that line. There is craquelure throughout the paint surface, and some fading in the gold of the Christ child's halo. A small area of wear in the lower part of the left hand angel's yellow cloak. Details like the peacock and bird feathers of the angel's wings, their delicate golden locks and the leaves of the rose bushes are beautifully preserved and very lovely. There is no area where paint has thinned drastically, and thus the controlled balance of gold with bold colour is maintained as the artist intended. There is a thick varnish. Inspection under UV light reveals very little retouching, just two small areas in the upper left part of the rose tressle, and possibly some restrengthening behind the head of the angel dress in yellow in the right. Three small flakes of lifting paint in the the upper part of the composition have been refixed and secured. This lot is offered in an elegant frame with archictectural elements that mimick the tressling in the composition itself. The grooves are painted dark blue and red and the outer edges gold. The frame has suffered a few knocks but is structurally sound and requires only a lick of gold paint. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
R. Varnier - Amitié

R. Varnier - Amitié

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Lot number: 29
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R. Varnier AMITIÉ (FRIENDSHIP) signed R VARNIER and inscribed A. MOUSSON/Editeur/Rue de Buzenval/PARIS bronze, light brown and green patina height 19 1/2 in.; width 30 in.; depth 11 in. 49.5 cm; 76 cm; 28 cm Overall in good original condition with the usual wear to the patina in places especially to the top of head, arms and legs consistent with handling and touching. Light scratches consistent with age. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
 British School - A Portrait Of Jerome Rawstorn, Flanked By His Children Samuel, Sir William, Jerome, John And Sarah

British School - A Portrait Of Jerome Rawstorn, Flanked By His Children Samuel, Sir William, Jerome, John And Sarah

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Lot number: 65
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English School, circa 1660 A PORTRAIT OF JEROME RAWSTORN, FLANKED BY HIS CHILDREN SAMUEL, SIR WILLIAM, JEROME, JOHN AND SARAH oil on canvas 128.9 by 254 cm.; 50 3/4 by 100 in. These portraits have remained in the family of the sitters since they were painted around 1660. Jerome Rawstorn was from a prominent Lancashire family, and lived in Plaistow Essex; he is depicted in the first of the pictures flanked by four sons and a daughter. To his right are his elder sons Samuel Rawstorn and William Rawstorn, and to his left are Jerome Rawstorn, John Rawstorn and Sarah Rawstorn. Sir William, the eldest of Jerome’’s children, came to London in the mid 17 th century and became an alderman and sheriff of the City of London. He was married to Elizabeth Browne. Samuel Rawstorn married Sarah Papillon, the 7 th child of Thomas Papillon who was director of the East India Company, Member of Parliament for Dover, and Whig activist. Thomas was the grandson of the Captain of the Guard and Valet du Chambre to Henri IV of France, and son of David Papillon, a trusted courtier of Charles I. Thomas clearly inherited his father’’s royalist loyalties; he was later, like Charles II, temporarily forced into exile in Holland, and it was to his son in law Samuel Rawstorn that he mortgaged his estates in England, including Acrise Place in Kent. In 1702 Samuel Rawstorn purchased a manor house in Lexden and it was there that these family portraits have hung until inherited by the present owners. Jerome died around 1658 so the portraits were likely to have been painted shortly before, or to commemorate his death. The practice of including posthumous portraits was well established and Jerome’’s more sombre attire sets him apart as being from a more austere, pre-restoration, Cromwellian age. The second portrait depicts Jerome’’s wife Grace Lane, Eleanor Lane (probably Grace’’s mother), and two young daughters Grace and Mary Rawstorn. Whilst Sarah and Mary died unmarried, Grace married Hugh Strode of Parnham in Dorset. The two girls are dressed in beautiful yellow and pale grey silk dresses, whilst their mother wears a dress of teal silk with her hair arranged in ringlets high on the sides of her head, a style popularised by the Portuguese princess Catherine of Braganza, who married Charles II in 1662 following his restoration to the throne of England.
Pierre-Jules Mene - Cerf À La Branche N0 1

Pierre-Jules Mene - Cerf À La Branche N0 1

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Lot number: 62
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Pierre Jules Mêne 1810 - 1879 FRENCH CERF À LA BRANCHE N0 1 signed P.J. MENE dark brown patinated bronze height 15 in.; width 15 in. 38 cm; 38 cm Michel Poletti & Alain Richarme, Pierre Jules Mêne: Catalogue raisonné, Paris, 2007, CER 4, p. 153 overall in good original condition with the usual light scratches to surface and ware to patina consistent with age and touching In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
Nikolai Ivanovich Lieberich - A Wolf Caught In A Trap

Nikolai Ivanovich Lieberich - A Wolf Caught In A Trap

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Lot number: 176
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Nikolai Ivanovich Lieberich (1828-1883), A Wolf Caught in a Trap with signature and Woerffel foundry mark length of base 8 1/8 in. (20.5 cm) very good condition and patina; some small accretion or discoloration to edge of base, one screw on underside replaced with a modern piece In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
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New York
October 22, 2014
25
New York
October 23, 2014
33
Paris
October 23, 2014
68
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