1 - 2 September 1999
Circle of Gerard Pietersz. van Zijl (1607-1668)
Mercury and Herse
oil on canvas
39.2 x 31.5 cm
Anon. Sale, Achenbach Berlin, 13 October 1937, lot 106.
Prof. S. Gehrecke, Goslor, 1991.
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The subject is taken from Ovid's Metamorphoses II:708-832.
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Please note that this lot will be sold unframed
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Chinese Works of Art specialist Olivia Hamilton reckons this pair of superb sculptures — around 1,300 years old — are ‘the finest I've seen come up for sale‘