• Old Masters auction at Christies

    Sale 12109

    Old Masters

    26 October 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 81

    Circle of Tiziano Vecellio, called Titian (Pieve di Cadore c. 1485/90-1576 Venice)

    Saint Agnes

    Estimate

    Circle of Tiziano Vecellio, called Titian (Pieve di Cadore c. 1485/90-1576 Venice)
    Saint Agnes
    oil on canvas
    24 3/8 x 22 ¾ in. (61.5 x 57.8 cm.)


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    This delicate depiction of a young Saint Agnes has been known since the 19th century, when it first appeared in the collection of Sir Richard Colt Hoare at his magnificent Palladian mansion in Salisbury, Stourhead, which he inherited from his father in 1785. Stourhead was acquired by the Hoare family in 1717, at which time the original manor house was demolished and a new house, one of the first of its kind, was designed by Colen Campbell and then built by Nathaniel Ireson between 1721 and 1725. Over the course of the following two centuries, Stourhead would remain in the Hoare family and was filled with an impressive art collection and distinguished library. It is possible that the present canvas arrived at Stourhead in the 1780s, when Sir Richard made two continental Grand Tours and numerous art acquisitions.

    Provenance

    Sir Richard Colt Hoare (1758-1838), Stourhead House, Salisbury, before 1800, as Titian, and by descent to
    Ainsley Hoare, 5th Baronet; Christie's, London, 2 June 1883, lot 61 (85 gns.), as Titian ["Titian...St Agnes in a white striped robe with her right hand resting on lamb, a palm branch in her left"], where acquired by the following.
    with Martin Colnaghi, London, where acquired between 1883 and 1896 by
    Alexis Schönlank, Berlin; Lempertz, Cologne, 29 April 1896, lot 188 (DM 3,560) as Titian ["Tiziano...Una giovane donna a mezza figura vista di profilo sulla destra, i capelli rossi raccolti da lacci di perle, con la testa leggermente girata in avanti verso l'osservator in una dolce espressione del viso. La sua mano destra posa sul capo di un agnello, mentra la sua sinistra impugna la palma della vittoria che si erge dritta fin sopra le spalle. Nel fondo è un paesaggio con una serie di montagne. Eccellente dipinto. Completamente nella maniera del Maestro, nella sua calda brillantezza, incandescenza di colori e maestria di pennello"], where acquired by the following.
    Peill collection, Dueren.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 4 July 1997, lot 359, as 'Circle of Bonifazio de Pitati, called Bonifazio Veronese' and without earlier provenance, where acquired by the present owner.


    Literature

    Sir R.C. Hoare, A Description of the House and Gardens of Stourhead, in the county of Wilts, the seat of Sir Richard Hoare, Bart., with a catalogue of the pictures, etc., Salisbury, 1800, as “a portrait in the character of St Agnes by Titian”.
    Sir R.C. Hoare, History of Modern Wiltshire, London, I, 1815, p. 78, as “‘Item 94 is a portrait of a girl in the character of St Agnes’ RCH by Titian”.


    Exhibited

    Bitonto, Galleria Nazionale della Puglia 'Girolamo e Rosaria Devanna', Tiziano, Bordon e gli Acquaviva d'Aragona : pittori veneziani in Puglia e fuoriusciti napoletani in Francia, 15 December 2012-8 April 2013, no. 15, as Giovanni Girolamo Savoldo (entry by A. Donati).