• Sale 9040

    Important Old Master Drawings including Drawings from the

    28 January 1999, New York, Park Avenue

  • Lot 106

    Erasmus Hornick (active circa 1555-1583)

    A design for a wall lamp with allegories of Justice, Eloquence and Temperance

    Price Realised  

    Erasmus Hornick (active circa 1555-1583)
    Hornick, E.
    A design for a wall lamp with allegories of Justice, Eloquence and Temperance
    inscribed '4 durfings [?]' and with perspectival indications and cross section studies
    black chalk, pen and black ink, gray wash, watermark heart below a crown (?)
    12 x 8.1/8 in. (325 x 206 mm.)


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    This drawing is probably from a large album, dismembered after World War II, of drawings for goldsmiths attributed to Erasmus Hornick. Other albums of drawings by Hornick, which were probably used as pattern books, are at Princeton, in the stereichisches Museum, Vienna, in the Victoria and Albert Museum and in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich. John Hayward pointed out that all these drawings could be associated with Hornick and his workshop. Hornick also executed a few signed and dated prints, some reproduced in J. Hayward, 'The Goldsmith's Designs of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Reattributed to Erasmus Hornick' and 'The Drawings and Engraved Ornament of Erasmus Hornick', The Burlington Magazine, 1968, CX, pp. 201-7 and 383-93. Hornick worked as a goldsmith in Augsburg and in Nuremberg between 1559-66, and died probably at the court of Emperor Rudolf II in Prague in 1583. He probably came from Antwerp to Augsburg in the early 1550s. The sheet in the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (T. DaCosta Kaufmann, Drawings from the Holy Roman Empire, 1540-1680, exhib. cat., The Art Museum, Princeton University and elsewhere, 1982, no. 25) and the one sold at Christie's London, 18 April 1989, lot 142, both come from the Liechtenstein album and are close in handling to the present drawing.

    Provenance

    Probably Prince of Liechtenstein.