• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 7745

    Important European Furniture, Sculpture & Clocks

    9 July 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 80

    A BRONZE BOWL

    WORKSHOP OF GIUSEPPE DE LEVIS (1552-1614?), CIRCA 1600

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A BRONZE BOWL
    WORKSHOP OF GIUSEPPE DE LEVIS (1552-1614?), CIRCA 1600
    Dark brown patina; traces of verdi gris; old lead repairs; the bottom with a later circular plate; the top of one handle restored; minor dents
    6¼ in. (15.9 cm.) high; 13½ in. (34.3 cm.) wide


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Contact the department

    The highly individual bronze bowl offered here can, on the basis of stylistic comparisons, be related to works of the Veronese sculptor Giuseppe de Levis. This can be most clearly seen in the near identical frieze of fantastical winged female figures alternating with symmetrical foliate scrolls that can be found on the bells and mortars that Avery refers to in his article on the artist (op. cit., p. 46, no. 2; pp. 48-9, nos. 6 and 8; p. 50., no. 11). Further comparisons can be made between the grotesque handles and the similar beasts on the base of an inkwell in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, as well as the figures on the bases of two andirons in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (ibid., nos. p. 59, fig. 11 and p. 63 fig. 1, respectively).

    Special Notice

    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.


    Literature

    COMPARATIVE LITERATURE:
    C. Avery, 'Giuseppe de Levis of Verona - Bronze founder and sculptor of the late 16th century', reprinted in Studies in European Sculpture, London, 1981, I, pp. 45-78.