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    Sale 7745

    Important European Furniture, Sculpture & Clocks

    9 July 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 125

    AN ITALIAN GRISAILLE SCAGLIOLA PANEL

    19TH CENTURY, POSSIBLY GERMAN, AFTER THE WOODCUT BY ALBRECHT DÜRER

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    AN ITALIAN GRISAILLE SCAGLIOLA PANEL
    19TH CENTURY, POSSIBLY GERMAN, AFTER THE WOODCUT BY ALBRECHT DÜRER
    Of rectangular shape depicting a rhinoceros, some highlighting in paint
    44½ in x 32¼ in. (113 x 82 cm.)


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    Almost certainly conceived to be displayed upright and probably mounted alongside further such panels, it is based on the 1515 woodcut by the celebrated German painter and printmaker Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) depicting the gift from King Muzafar of Cambodia to King Manuel I of Portugal.
    Originating from India, and the first rhinoceros to be seen in Europe in modern times, it had arrived in Lisbon on 20 May 1515, but died in a shipwreck off the coast of Italy on its way to Pope Leo X, to whom King Manuel I had sent the rhinoceros as a gift.

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