Property from the collection of Dr Erika Pohl-Ströher (1919-2016)
ATTRIBUTED TO GIULIO CLOVIO
Grisone, Croatia 1498 - 1578 Rome
Watercolor and bodycolor, heightened with gold on vellum, wood mount, inlaid with four mother-of-pearl segments
110 by 83 mm; 4⅜by 3¼in. Oval
Losses to plum coloured painted boarder, rubbing on true left shoulder. Two watermarks on the cheek near beard, true right. Small hole/dent on bridge of nose and further abrasion below true left eye.
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Brice Hereford, by 1835;
with Edwin Boucher, Trogen, by 1980
This arresting miniature, depicting a saint dressed in vibrant green and pink garments, set against a gold background, embodies the Byzantine representation of saintly icon figures in its frontal positioning and the proximity of the bust to the picture plane. However, the way in which the features are rendered, the intensity of the gaze and the delicate handling of the hair and beard, imbue this portrait with a striking realism, suggesting that it may have been a study done from life.
Two very similarly composed works, only known through engravings by Philippe Thomassin after drawings by Giulio Clovio, representing the busts of Jesus and of Mary, are very comparable in their handling and compositional approach to the present portrait miniature.1
See note to lot 1 for more information on Dr. Erika Pohl-Ströher (1919-2016).
1. Prints after Giulio Clovio, exhib. cat., Zagreb, Palace of the Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1998, nos. 30-31