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LOTS 30-52: PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Workshop of Jacopo Strada
FOUR ELABORATE SILVER DESIGNS, INCLUDING A DESIGN FOR A FLASK WITH THE DRUNKEN SILENUS RIDING A PANTHER WITH SATYRS AND PUTTI
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LOTS 30-52: PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Workshop of Jacopo Strada
FOUR ELABORATE SILVER DESIGNS, INCLUDING A DESIGN FOR A FLASK WITH THE DRUNKEN SILENUS RIDING A PANTHER WITH SATYRS AND PUTTI
Estimate
10,00015,000
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Workshop of Jacopo Strada
FOUR ELABORATE SILVER DESIGNS, INCLUDING A DESIGN FOR A FLASK WITH THE DRUNKEN SILENUS RIDING A PANTHER WITH SATYRS AND PUTTI
Quantity: 5
All pen and brown ink and wash over black chalk;
two bear numbering in brown ink, upper right: 13- and 22-
The smallest: 425 by 259 mm
The largest: 431 by 280 mm
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Provenance

For the four Workshop of Jacopo Strada designs:

Einar Perman, Stockholm;
sale, Milan, Finarte, 4 December 1986, lot 234 (as Salviati) and others (untraced)

Literature

The candlestand:
J.F Hayward, Virtuoso Goldsmiths and the Triumph of Mannerism 1540-1620, London 1976, p. 347, no. 89, fig. 89, reproduced

Catalogue Note

Sold together with a further silver design, Florentine School, late 16th Century (pen and brown ink and wash over black chalk, 335 by 245 mm).

The four silver designs, here attributed to the Workshop of Jacopo Strada, exemplify the enormous significance of lavishly ornamented precious metal objects, created or recorded in elaborate studies by skilful Mannerist goldsmiths, at the wealthy and powerful European courts of the mid-sixteenth Century.

Strada was born in Mantua circa 1515, from a family of Dutch origin, and received his training as a goldsmith and painter in the workshop of Giulio Romano, benefitting, like his master, from the courtly patronage of Mantua's powerful ruling family, the Gonzagas.

Recent scholarship has shed further light on elements of Strada's graphic oeuvre, perhaps most notably a fascinating folio of 37 drawings, published by Sarah Lawrence in 2007, to coincide with their exhibition in San Francisco.1 Two of the drawings that make up the present lot are alternative versions of designs from that group,2 and help to further emphasise the fluid nature of these designs within the artist's workshop.

Intriguingly there also survive a small group of silver designs that have been attributed to Ottavio Strada, the son of Jacopo, which can be compared both on stylistic grounds and in their characteristic numbering, to those in the present lot. Two such designs are in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York,whilst a further example is in the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York.4

1. S. Lawrence, Jacopo Strada (1510-1588), Mannerist Splendor: Extravagant Designs for a Royal Table, San Francisco 2007
2. Ibid., pp. 91-92 (Design for a flask with the drunken Silenus supported by putti) and 92-93 (Design for a flask with the drunken Silenus riding a panther), reproduced
3. Ibid., p. 17, fig. 3, reproduced; Inv. nos. 66.618.8 and 66.618.2
4. Ibid., p. 20, fig. 4, reproduced; Inv. no. 1996-20-1

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