Haute Epoque Recaptured at Sotheby’s London

A Special sale dedicated to the Haute Epoque will offer a superb range of important Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque furniture and tapestries, from Flanders, Holland, Germany, Spain and France. The works, which span the 13th to the 17th centuries, are among the most highly sought-after, due to their exceptional quality, innovative design and rare and beautiful materials used, such as tortoiseshell, ivory, ebony, lapis lazuli and marble. This unique sale will take place at Sotheby’s in London on Wednesday, October 29, 2003.

Among the works from Italy is an unusual 16th century carved walnut and wrought-iron library credenza, which is estimated at ?100,000-150,000. A beautiful carved walnut torchere produced in Florence in the early 16th century, features trails of flowers and fruit and the coat-of-arms of Benvenuto of Florence. It is estimated to fetch ?60,000-90,000.

From France is a finely carved walnut cabinet on stand, which incorporates King Charles V of Spain’s coat-of-arms, estimated at ?100,000-150,000. An important and highly unusual Burgundian walnut refectory table dating from the late 15th century is estimated at ?80,000-120,000. From Flanders is a striking Bruges cupboard with delicately carved vines and grapes on panels. It dates from 1520 and is estimated to fetch ?70,000-90,000.

A fine Flemish ebony, tortoiseshell cabinet with inlaid ivory, painted mythological scenes from Ovid’s Metamorphoses and the themes of the four seasons and the elements, reflects the 17th century’s fascination with morality. The cabinet, which originates from Antwerp – the international centre of cabinet-making in the 17th century – is estimated to fetch ?50,000-80,000. A highly decorative carved walnut hall table with the coat-of-arms of the Da Montorio family of Verona, dates from the mid 16th century and is estimated at ?100,000-150,000.

From a selection of tapestries on offer are three impressive finely woven 17th century Spanish armorial gold and silver thread repostero tapestries, each with the arms of Ambrogio Spinola (1569-1630) Marques de los Balbases, Brussels, incorporating the Collar of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Two of the tapestries are estimated as a pair at ?200,000-400,000, while the single, more elaborate companion piece is estimated at ?120,000-180,000. A very beautiful Flemish Tapestry woven by Hendrix Reydams in Brussels in 1660, from the Story of Scipio and the cartoons of the Italian master Giulio Romano, is estimated to fetch ?50,000-70,000.

Alongside the mixed owner Haute Epoque sale, is a private collection of more than 50 works, including important sculpture and furniture, which will feature in a separate catalogue, entitled A Private Passion for Renaissance. Highlights of this section include a variety of credenze, bronze mortars, unusual sgabellis, a slender frattino table and seat furniture. Complementing these is a selection of trecento, quatrocento and cinquecento Italian sculptures. This section represents the Renaissance at its peak and its rare combination of works offered together make it a truly unique sale.

Important furniture in the single-owner collection includes a 16th century Florentine credenza, estimated at ?70,000-80,000. Among the early works of art is a Bolognese terracotta figure of the Magdalene from a Crucifixion, attributed to Guido Mazzoni (1450-1518). The work dates from 1475 and is estimated to fetch ?28,000-35,000. A pair of 14th century limestone reliefs of the Annunciation are estimated at ?50,000-80,000. A 13th century Siena wood figure of a Virgin seated, is estimated at ?25,000-35,000 and a 14th century seated Umbrian wood Virgin and Child, retaining most of its original colour is estimated to fetch ?30,000-40,000.

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