Lot 27
  • 27

AN ITALIAN CARVED LIMEWOOD, WALNUT, TULIPWOOD, EBONY AND FRUITWOOD "MICROSCULTURA" RELIEF SELF-PORTRAIT BY GIUSEPPE MARIA BONZANIGO,  DATED 1796

Estimate
200,000 - 400,000 GBP
Sold
250,000 GBP
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Description

the oval central medallion with a profile portrait of the artist, framed by a banded and beaded oval moulding surrounded by a thin laurel wreath issuing from acanthus scrolls flanking a lion mask; below the medallion an inscribed tablet "JOSEPH MARIE BONZANIGO . SCVLPTEVR . DU ROI DE SARDAIGNE"; from the rinceaux by the acanthus two garlands with silhouetted coins link to two upright vases issuing foliate wreaths and supported by a platform of fruits and wheat sheaves; carved 1796 to one coin to left hand side; the border of darker ground has in the upper side two scrolls issuing from the central acanthus with an inscription partially lost "J.A ROS(...)IGN(...) LEUR(...)M(...)SE(...)F / LES ATS RECO(...)N(...)S(...)N"; the corners with profile portraits with further smaller silhouette portraits, each side with three further medallion portraits interspersed by lozenge panels with trophies related to Sculpture and Architecture, all on a dark ground with an entwined vine frieze centred by cord topped by tied ribbon; the lower side of border with rinceaux frieze with heads of hounds, tiger, lion and cockerel, the whole in a later glazed frame
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