STRASBOURG SCHOOL, 16TH CENTURY | BATHESBA AND DAVID IN THE ROYAL GARDEN
Property from the collection of Dr Erika Pohl-Ströher (1919-2016)
STRASBOURG SCHOOL, 16TH CENTURY
BATHESBA AND DAVID IN THE ROYAL GARDEN
Watercolour and bodycolour on vellum, chased gilt-metal frame, ribbon tie surmount;
bears inscription on the backing, partly legible: Miniaturiste...l'..../ Joris Hoefnagel portraitiste et miniaturiste/ né à antwerp en 1545 et mort à Vienna en 1600/ .........
80 by 115 mm; 3⅛ by 4½ in
Overall good, some crazing of the surface leading to minor losses, for example, to the left of green plaster on left and on pink apron and yellow dress of central figure and ground around red draped table.
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NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Edouard Warneck (d. 1924), Paris,
his sale, Vienna, Leo Schidlof, 18 November 1926, lot 27 (as Hoefnagel);
Ernst Holzscheiter, Meilen, by 1956,
his sale, London, Sotheby's, 1 May 1980, lot 41
L.R. Schidlof, La miniature en Europe, Graz 1964, vol. I, p. 375, vol. II, pp. 994-995, vol. III, Pl. 288, 563 (as Hoefnagel);
H. Fuchs, Die Österreichische Bildnisminiatur, Vienna 1981, vol. I, pp. 268 and 215, reproduced
Geneva, Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Chefs-d'oeuvre de la miniature et la gouache, 1956, no. 213 (as Hoefnagel)
The present lot and lots 6, 7, and 13 come from the collection of Dr Erika Pohl-Ströher (1919-2016), a scientist, geologist, collector, museum patron and businesswoman, who was the granddaughter of Franz and Marie Ströher, who founded German hair care and cosmetics giant Wella AG, bought in 2003 by Procter & Gamble. Her incredible collection of miniatures was recently sold, over three dedicated sales, at Sotheby's London (Part I - 6 December 2018, Part II - 4 July 2019 and Part III - 5 December 2019).
This miniature would appear to be by a Strasbourg artist in the orbit of Friedrich Brentel (see lot 7).