• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 2203

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe Including Carpets from The Corcoran Gallery of Art

    24 November 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 376

    A BRONZE BELL

    ITALIAN, DATED 1609 AND ATTRIBUTED TO THE FOUNDRY OF GIUSEPPE DE LEVIS, VERONA (1552-1611/14)

    Price Realised  

    A BRONZE BELL
    ITALIAN, DATED 1609 AND ATTRIBUTED TO THE FOUNDRY OF GIUSEPPE DE LEVIS, VERONA (1552-1611/14)
    The upper section with a frieze of harpies and cast with the inscriptions 'ALESANDER ET HORATIUS IUD [ICES] FRATRES DE BROGNONICIS MDCIX'
    16 in. (40.5 cm.) high, 12 in. (30½ cm.) diameter


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    In his series of articles in The Connoisseur in the 1970's, Charles Avery exhaustively researched Giuseppe de Levis and his bronze foundry in Verona in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. There are many similarities between de Levis' documented works and the magnificent Truesdell bell. In particular, the frieze of harpies of the Truesdell bell shows up on many of his other pieces including several bells and mortars (article 1, figs. 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14 and 15 and article 4, fig. 3). Furthermore, in a letter of 28 September, 1977 to Professor Truesdell, Avery mentions that the applique of St. Catherine on the Truesdell bell is similar to the one on the mortar illustrated in article 1, fig. 8. Avery also identifies the noble family whose coat-of-arms was cast on the bell, as a family of judges who had been prominent since the mid-15th century in Verona.

    Provenance

    Brognonico [or Brognonigo] Family, Verona.
    with Caldes, Bologna, 1961.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF PROFESSOR AND MRS. CLIFFORD AMBROSE TRUESDELL (LOT 376)


    Literature

    COMPARATIVE LITERATURE
    C. Avery, 'Giuseppe de Levis of Verona, a bronze founder and sculptor of the late 16th century: 1, Bells and mortars', The Connoisseur, November, 1972, pp. 179-188; '2: Figure style', February, 1973, pp. 87-97; '3, Decorative Utensils and Domestic Ornaments', February, 1974, pp. 123-129; '4: New Discoveries', February, 1977, pp. 114-121.