• The Sunday Sale - The Collecti auction at Christies

    Sale 5934

    The Sunday Sale - The Collection of the Late Christopher Wood

    8 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 97

    SIR EDWARD COLEY BURNE-JONES, BT. A.R.A., R.W.S. (BRITISH, 1833-1898)

    Price Realised  

    SIR EDWARD COLEY BURNE-JONES, BT. A.R.A., R.W.S. (BRITISH, 1833-1898)
    L'mour che muove
    pencil
    6¾ x 2¾ in. (17 x 7 cm.)


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Contact the department

    The present lot appears to relate to a cartoon depicting a vision of Divine Love from Dante Alghieri's Divine Comedy, interpreted by Burne-Jones as an angel guarding humanity. Inspired by the line 'L'mour che muove il sole e l'altre stelle' ('The love that moves the sun and other stars'), the subject was the motivation for a collaborative project between Burne-Jones and Frances Horner neé Graham (1858-1940) who worked Burne-Jones' designs into a needlework panel at Mells Church, Somerset, between the years 1880 and 1883.
    Horner met Burne-Jones when she was just 18 years of age. Daughter of the prosperous merchant William Graham, she was an important patron of Burne-Jones and a talented needlework artist in her own right. Horner and Burne-Jones worked together for a number of years and L'mour che muove is widely regarded as their most significant project together. A gouache cartoon of the subject is in the Collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum (inventory E838-1973).

    Special Notice

    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.
    This lot will be removed to an off-site warehouse at the close of business on the day of sale - 2 weeks free storage