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    Sale 11899

    Sculpture

    13 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 4

    AN ALABASTER GROUP OF A FEMALE ALLEGORICAL FIGURE CARRIED BY CHERUBS

    SOUTH ITALIAN, FIRST-HALF 17TH CENTURY

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    AN ALABASTER GROUP OF A FEMALE ALLEGORICAL FIGURE CARRIED BY CHERUBS
    SOUTH ITALIAN, FIRST-HALF 17TH CENTURY
    Depicted seated and dressed in flowing robes, holding a fragmentary object, four cherubs amongst her robes
    35 in. (89 cm.) high, 19 ¾ in. (50 cm.) wide, 12 ½ in. (32 cm.) deep


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    Often mischaracterized as an "accumulator" as opposed to a great collector, media tycoon William Randolph Hearst acquired works not only in great quantity, but also with great care and regard for quality as both collector and a benefactor. As Dr. Mary L. Levkoff states in her article 'William Randolph Hearst's Gifts of European Sculpture to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art' (The Sculpture Journal, v. IV, pp. 160-171), "in the last six years of his life [he] gave so much to the Los Angeles Country Museum of History, Science and Art... that he laid the foundation upon which an encyclopedic collection would be built," and from which LACMA would emerge in 1965.

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    Provenance

    Sir Robert Abdy, Bt., Newton Ferrers, Callington, Cornwall.
    Property of Sir Robert Abdy, Bt.; Sotheby's, London, 28 May 1936, lot 32; Acquired by William Permain on behalf of William Randolph Hearst.
    Collection of William Randolph Hearst.
    The Los Angeles County Museum (A.5141.50-866) 1950.
    An Auction of Property De-Accessioned by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to Benefit New Acquisitions; Sotheby's, Los Angeles, 21-23 June 1982, lot 169.


    Pre-Lot Text

    SCULPTURE PREVIOUSLY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MR. AND MRS. WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST

    PROPERTY FROM A MONTECITO ESTATE


    Literature

    W. R. Valentiner, Gothic and Renaissance Sculpture In the Collection of the Los Angeles County Museum: Catalogue and Guide, Los Angeles, 1951, p. 60, pl. 21.


    Post Lot Text

    We would like to thank Dr. Mary Levkoff, Hearst Castle Museum Director, for her research on the Hearst provenance.