Lot 23, "The
Virgin Mary Nursing the Christ Child," by Hans Memling, 6 7/8 inches in
diameter, oil and gold on circular panel
cover illustration of the catalogue is Lot 23, "The Virgin Mary Nursing
the Christ Child," by Hans Memling (1410-1494). The exquisite
painting, which is in wonderful condition, is 6 7/8 inches in diameter
and oil and gold on circular panel. It has an estimate of
$6,000,000 to $8,000,000. It
was passed at $5,500,000.
"Madonna and Child in Glory," by Lorenzo di Bicci, tempera and gold on
panel, 23 by 14 1/4 inches
very similar composition by Memling is in the collection of The
Metropolitan Museum of Art but it is not in as fine condition.
third version, attributed to the artist's workshop, is in the Mayer Van
den Bergh Museum in Antwerp but the catalogue states that it is of
weaker quality and coarse execution.
The Madonna in this lot bears a strong resemblance to Rebekah Brooks,
the very beautiful former editor of The News of The World.
26 is a fine "Madonna and Child in Glory" by Lorenzo di Bicci (circa
1350-1427?). The tempera and gold on panel measures 23 by 14
inches. The catalogue entry notes that the artist was "a
painter-businessman who passed his practice down to his son, Bicci di
Lorenzo, and his grandson, Neri di Bicci, both masters in their own
right who ran thriving studios in Florence." "Lorenzo di
art is informed by the works of Orcagna and his followers, including
Jacopo di Cione and Niccolo di Pietro Gerini.....Lorenzo's art
is...characterized by a luminous and nuanced use of color, particularly
evident in the present panel. The Madonna's sumptuous red
depicted with incredibly sensitive attention to light and
with dark glazes layered for added richness in areas of shade.
The central pair of figures is surrounded by a mandorla
of red seraphim, of the highest angelic order, and blue cherubim of the
second-highest, which are depicted insets of eight as outlined by
church doctrine. Each angel is differentiated with
facial expressions and orientations toward the central group, and
enlivened with delicate lines of gold that evoke resplendent, holy
light." The lot has an estimate of $400,000 to $600,000.
23, "The Madonna and Child with Saints Jerome and John the Baptist,"by
Neri di Bicci, tempera and gold on panel, 43 by 28 1/8 inches
23 is a lovely and large tempera on gold on panel by Neri di Bicci
(1418-1492) that is titled "The Madonna and Child with Saints Jerome
and John the Baptist. It measures 43 by 28 1/8 inches.
has an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000. It passed at $130,000.
2, "Angels Making Music," by Circle of Bernardino Luini, detached
gilded fresco, laid down on canvas, 22 3/4 by 19 5/8 inches
2 is a very beautiful fresco of "Angels Making Music" by the circle of
Bernardino Luini (1480-1532). The detached gilded fresco has
laid down on canvas and measures 22 3/4 b y 19 5/8 inches.
catalogue entry notes that the overall composition is reminiscent of a
series by Luini with a "remarkably similar palette of lavender, ochre
and light-greens and is likewise populated with figures possessing
elegant physiognomies. It has an very modest estimate of
to $70,000. It
sold for $134,500.
4, "The slaying of Goliath: a cassone front," by Giovanni di Ser
Giovanni Guido, Scheggia, tempera, oil and gold on panel, 16 3/8 by 52
4 is a very fine cassone panel for "The Slaying of Goliath" by Giovanni
di Ser Giovanni Guido, Scheggia (1406-1486). A tempera, oil
on panel, it measures 16 3/8 by 51 1/8 inches. Scheggia was
brother of Massaccio and the catalogue entry suggests that the work was
probably painted for the marriage of Giuliano Careecchi and Cassandra
Lanredi in 1467.
of Lot 4
The lot has an estimate of
$600,000 to$800,000. It
sold for $576,500.
24, "Horatio Cocles defending the Sublician Bridge," Florentine School,
circa 1450, tempera and gold on panel, 15 78 by 49 7/8 inches
second furniture panel is Lot 24, "Horatio Cocles defending the
Sublician Bridge," Florentinine School, circa 1450 The
and gold on panel measures 15 7/8 by 49 1/8 inches and is in good
condition and is quite a lively composition. It has an
of $300,000 to $500,000. It was passed at $220,000.
Detail of Lot
depicted relates to the 6th Century B.C.,when the king of Chisium led
his army to the banks of the Tiber where the Sublician Bridge was the