9 December 2008
BERNARD LENS (BRITISH, 1682-1740)
Bacchus and Ariadne, Bacchus in fur-lined red cloak, laurels in his curling dark hair, holding a spear entwined with laurels in his right hand, his left hand outstretched to a bowl held by Ariadne, in white dress and brown cloak, blue ribbons and strand of pearls with ruby-set pendant in her upswept curling fair hair, above her head gold crown set with stars, a fawn holding an urn; seascape with ship and sky background
signed and dated on a paper label fixed to reverse of the ivory: 'Senjor Perigreeni Inven:it an Itailain brought over by my Lord Manchester to Paint ye Dome of St Pauls Catherdrall in year 1709 Bernard Lens Fecit. Sep:br 10 : in ye same year'.
on a stout piece of ivory
rectangular, 5 3/8 x 4½ in. (137 x 114 mm.), ebonised wood frame
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