• Centuries of Style: Silver, Eu auction at Christies

    Sale 7800

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    17 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 250


    Price Realised  


    A young lady, in dress with white wide bobbin lace collar, crimson ribbon rosette at corsage, thin gold chain, pearl necklace, pendant pearl earring, her light brown curling hair upswept with flowing sides signed with initials and dated 'CsJ 1620' (lower right)
    oil on copper
    oval, 2 in. (51 mm.) high, turned ivory case (lid deficient), the base inset with reeded oval ebonised horn mount

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    Two signed miniatures by the present artist are in the Museum Briner und Kern, Winterthur (see B. Hofstetter, Die Welt der Bildnisminiatur. Meisterwerke aus der Sammlung Emil S. Kern, Bern, 2008, p. 67, illustrated in colour, figs. 34 & 35). For an account of Jonson, see K. Hearn, 'The English career of Cornelius Johnson', in J. Roding, et al. (ed.), The English Venture: Dutch and Flemish Artists in Britain 1550-1800, Leiden, 2003, pp. 113-128.

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    John Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) Collection, New York; Christie's, London, 24 June 1935, lot 156 (as School of Jonson, 7 gns to Spink).
    Christie's, London, 24 June 1975, lot 58 (as by Cornelius Johnson).


    G. C. Williamson, Catalogue of the Collection of Miniatures, the property of J. Pierpont Morgan, London, 1906, I, p. 134, no. 169, illustrated pl. LXV.