21 October 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 40,000
Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000
AN ITALIAN MARBLE FIGURAL GROUP ENTITLED 'THE PUNISHMENT OF CUPID', ON PEDESTAL
BY LUIGI GALLANDT, ROME, LATE 19TH CENTURY
Signed L. Gallandt/Roma, on a grey and white columnar pedestal
The group: 37 3/8 in. (97 cm.) high; The pedestal: 39¾ in. (101 cm.) high; 19¾ in. (50 cm.) diameter
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Hong Kong +852 2760 1766
Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766
Also known as Cupid Restrained, the present subject was popularized by numerous artists in the 19th century. While this group was considered to be an 'original subject' or interpretation by the artist, other compositions more frequently show Venus disarming Cupid by depriving him of his quiver or Minerva clipping the putto's wings.
Though little is known about Luigi Gallandt and his oeuvre, it is interesting to note that a marble of the same subject, possibly the present marble, was sold for $710 in a 1905 American Art Association auction of the J.W. Kauffman collection of fine art and sculpture.
PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR, LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK
American Art Association, Modern Paintings and Sculpture, New York, 3 February 1905.
Carlo Scarpa took the traditions of Venetian glassblowing and created some of the 20th century’s most innovative designs
Specialist Joy McCall answers 7 key questions for prospective buyers of the legendary French glassmaker’s exquisite pieces
From applique and back splats to veneering and wingbacks, an essential glossary of furniture terms