Dark Ages are coming in Drouot

Pair sculptures. ф. Aspetti or б. Vittoria. Italy. 16thC. Bronze, casting. Estimate €20 000–30 000. Tajan. Medieval and Renaissance Art. Paris, December 3

The French Tajan auction house puts up for sale a large (more than 300 lots) collection of works of art of Middle Ages and Renaissance. Medieval and Renaissance Art auction will take place on December 3, in Drouot Hotel in Paris. The catalogue is based on works of applied art – sculpture, jewelry, furniture and textiles from Dark Ages to High Renaissance. A considerable part of lots is church utensils and objects of religious appointment.

Two pair bronze sculptures representing women-soldiers in martial robes are highly estimated. According to the information of the auction house they are attributed to one of two Italian masters of the 16th–17th centuries – Tiziano бspetti (1565–1607) or Alessandro Vittoria (1525–1608). Sculptures are created in stylistics of the Italian modernism. Both sculptures are in very good safety and are covered with an equal layer of brown patina. The lot is estimated at €20 000-30 000.

The bronze sculpture of Venus by master of the 16th century Francesco Segala (1559–1592) will be exposed on sale estimated at €10 000-15 000. The figurine represents a goddess. It is established on a wooden basis. One more Italian bronze – the sculptural image of a young man with horn of plenty is estimated at €9000-12 000.

Another interesting lot is the ancient gold watch created in about 1630 and estimated at €10 000-15 000. The mechanism of watch was made in Switzerland and concluded in a gold case decorated with exquisite enamel miniatures by French masters. In 18th century the Geneva watch-makers were famous in creation of mechanism as well as they knew a little the art of enamel miniature which prospered in France.

Along with bronze plastic art Tajan will present collectors a number of wooden sculptures of 15th – the early 16th centuries. Among highlights is a figure of the Mother of God with a baby by unknown master. The sculpture is cut out from an integral oak and covered with light varnish. Despite insignificant cracks the work is in good safety and will be exposed on the auctions estimated at €5000–6000. The auction catalogue includes some interesting pieces of furniture. Among them is a magnificent French bureau (estimate: €9000-12 000). The bureau is created in the 18th century and decorated with rich carving, internal surfaces are inlaid with bone, brass and overlays from exotic sorts of wood. One more masterpiece by the French cabinetmakers – the massive carved cheval glass of the 16th century estimated at €7000-10 000.

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