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    Sale 2135

    Important Old Master Paintings and Sculpture

    28 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 16

    A VENETIAN POLYCHROME AND GILT-ENAMEL BASIN

    LATE 15TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A VENETIAN POLYCHROME AND GILT-ENAMEL BASIN
    LATE 15TH CENTURY
    With lobed inner and outer borders
    8 in. (20½ cm.) diameter
    TRUESDELL COLLECTION


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    This basin, with its palette of cream, deep blue, green and delicate gold decoration, is typical of Venetian enamels from the end of the fifteenth and beginning of the sixteenth century. The technique is thought to be derived, ultimately, from glass objects created in the Near East (Verdier, op. cit., p. 5, no. 3). A limited number of domestic and ecclesiastical examples are known in museum collections including the Walters Art Gallery (Verdier, loc. cit.) and the Martin D'Arcy Gallery of Art, Chicago (loc. cit.).

    A slightly larger basin, but with almost identical decoration, sold Sotheby's, London, 2 December 2008, lot 29 (£91,250).

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Collection of Professor and Mrs. Clifford Ambrose Truesdell


    Literature

    COMPARATIVE LITERATURE:
    P. Verdier, Catalogue of the Painted Enamels of the Renaissance, Baltimore, 1967, pp. 4-8, nos. 3-6.
    D.F. Rowe, Enamels: The XII to the XVI century, exhibition catalogue, The Martin d'Arcy Gallery of Art, Chicago, 1970, no. 23.