Featured in the Old Master Sculpture and Works of Art sale this July is a prime version of Rudolf Schadow's seminal Die Spinnerin which was recently rediscovered in an Irish country house. Before delivery to its patron, the Irish collector Henry Patten, the sculpture was shown in the exhibition of German expatriate artists held in Rome in 1819 for the visit of Emperor Franz I.
Highlights from a fine selection of medieval works of art include an important Virgin and Child made in Cologne's cathedral workshop in the early 14th century and a group of Limoges enamel, early ivories and gold jewellery. The Renaissance and Baroque are represented by bronze, ivory and wood statuettes by such artists as Caspar Gras, Simon Troger as well as fine jewellery and a small group of eerie memento mori works of art. Our cover lot is an unpublished Venetian 18th-century mythological marble by Francesco Bertos, representing Hylonome Restrained, which is a companion subject to a marble by this sculptor acquired by Peter the Great and now in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.