• Old Master & 19th Century Pain auction at Christies

    Sale 2282

    Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings, & Watercolors

    27 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 178

    Bartolomeo Bettera (Bergamo 1639-c. 1688)

    Musical instruments, books, music scores, a globe and a rooster on a table draped with a carpet

    Price Realised  

    Bartolomeo Bettera (Bergamo 1639-c. 1688)
    Musical instruments, books, music scores, a globe and a rooster on a table draped with a carpet
    oil on canvas
    28¾ x 38 in. (73 x 96.5 cm.)


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    The array of musical instruments and related objects in the present still life is brought to life by the elaborate brocade of the draped curtain, the heavily textured surface of the carpet laid upon the table and the rooster standing proudly at table's edge -- the bird itself a symbol of sound. Bartolomeo Bettera and his workshop produced a number of compositions with these elements including, Still life of musical instruments (Prague, Nárondí Galerie).

    Provenance

    Mrs. Mark C. Steinberg, until 1952, when gifted to the
    Saint Louis Art Museum.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Sold to Benefit the Acquisition Fund of the Saint Louis Art Museum