London, South Kensington
27 November 2007
A PAIR OF GEORGE III OCHRE, BLACK AND WHITE-PAINTED PICTURES
Attributed to Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein (1751-1829)
The centres black, ochre and white paint on a partly etched base varnished over, the geometric borders varnished over engravings, with painted square inserts at the corners, one depicting a woman with a casket attended by three handmaidens seated below an apple tree, the trunk of which is entwined by a serpent, with Eros carrying a dove and a handmaiden with a basket below; the other depicting women bathing and at their toilet, with Eros carrying a stole above, both with decorative borders below showing a youthful head wearing a Phrygian cap emerging from the petals of flowers, in modern ebonised reeded frames
One - 45 x 34in. (114.3 x 86.4cm.); the other - 45 x 34½in. (114.3 x 87.6cm.) including frames (2)
Bought by Peter Langford-Brooke, Esq. (d. 1840) on 10 March 1829 in Naples and by descent at Mere Hall, Knutsford, Cheshire to Mrs. Helen Langford-Brooke (+), Mere Hall, Knutsford, Cheshire, sold Christie's house sale, 23 May 1994, lot 203 (£7,475).
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The central panels are from Tischbein's Collection of Etruscan, Greek and Roman Antiquities from the Cabinet of the Hon. W. Hamilton, his Britannic Majesty's Envoy Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary at the Court of Naples, 1767, II, pl. 123.
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