London, South Kensington
27 November 2012
GUICCIARDINI, Francesco (1483-1540). Letter signed ('Franc[iscu]s Guicciardinus') to an unidentified recipient, Parma, 12 December 1526, 4 lines on one page, folio, on a part bifolium (lacking address panel), clear impression of Guicciardini's papered seal (some light spotting). Provenance: Sotheby's, 8 November 1977, lot 116; Albin Schram collection; his sale, Christie's, 3 July 2007, lot 78.
A letter of recommendation for Count Ruberto Boschetto, in whom the recipient is to confide as in Guicciardini himself: 'Andando el S. Conte Ruberto Boschetto al Ca[m]po ho ordinato parli co[n] v[ostra] ex[cellenza] delle cose che occorrono. quella sia contenta prestarli fede in tutto come a me proprio'. Boschetto is mentioned in book 13 of Guicciardini's magnum opus, The History of Italy. Guicciardini had been nominated as governor of Parma by Leo X in 1517: the present letter no doubt relates to his role as lieutenant-general of the papal army, to which he had been appointed by Clement VII in the turbulent period which preceded the sack of Rome in the following May.
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
+44 (0)20 7389 2152
+44 (0)20 7389 2157
+44 (0)20 7389 2150
+44 (0)20 7389 2674
+44 (0)20 7389 2158
+44 (0)20 7389 2154
+44 (0)20 7389 2255
+44 (0)20 7389 2153
VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 20% on the buyer's premium.
As the literary world anticipates the 200th anniversary of the poet’s death, Christie’s offers a rare portrait as well as one of nine known death masks
A 360-degree view of Classic Week, our upcoming series of four auctions in Paris showcasing rare furniture, works of arts and paintings
The jeweller Frédéric Boucheron opened his first shop in the arcades of the Palais Royal, Paris; more than 160 years later, the maison he founded is a world leader
The emergence of lyrical abstraction in postwar France, iIllustrated with key works by Georges Mathieu, Zao Wou-Ki and Chu Teh-Chun