Lot 269
  • 269

circle of Hans Mont (1546-1585?) Prague, late 16th/early 17th century

10,000 - 15,000 USD
21,250 USD
bidding is closed


  • Inkstand in the form of Venus
  • bronze
  • height of bronze 9 5/8  in.; 25 cm. on yellow marble base


The Cyril Humphris Collection;
His sale, Sotheby's New York, 11 January, 1995, lot 138


Exhibition of Mannerist Art, Manchester, 1956.

Catalogue Note

Hans Mont joined the court of Emperor Maximilian II in Vienna in 1575, upon the recommendation of Giambologna, with whom Mont worked in Florence. Following the ascension of Rudolph II, Mont followed the emperor to Prague where he became court sculptor prior to the arrival of Adrien de Vries. The  present figure’s exaggerated, twisting pose recalls the attitude of the marble group of Venus and Mars by Mont in the National Gallery of Prague (Prague um 1600op. cit., no. 73).
Similarly, the bronzes of the Venus and Adonis also in Prague and the Callipygian Venus catalogued as ‘after Hans Mont’ in the Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum,   Braunschweig (Prague um 1600, op. cit., vol. I, nos. 73-74) are related both in figure style and facial type. Penny suggests that another version of the Callipygian Venus in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford may be by the German sculptor Hubert Gerhard .
Another version of this bronze was sold in these rooms on the 6 July 1989, lot 57 but with a circular bowl inkwell set into the rockwork base.

Prague um 1600. Kunst und Kultur am Hofe Rodolfs II, Essen & Vienna, 1988;
Nicholas Penny, Catalogue of European Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford 1992, Vol II