ATTRIBUTED TO THE WORKSHOP OF NICCOLÒ ROCCATAGLIATA (FL. 1593-1636) OR HIS SON SEBASTIANO NICOLINI (ACTIVE AFTER 1614), ITALIAN, VENICE, 17TH CENTURY | CANDLESTICK
Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 GBP
ATTRIBUTED TO THE WORKSHOP OF NICCOLÒ ROCCATAGLIATA (FL. 1593-1636) OR HIS SON SEBASTIANO NICOLINI (ACTIVE AFTER 1614)
ITALIAN, VENICE, 17TH CENTURY
Overall the condition of the bronze is good, with minor wear and dirt to the surface consistent with age. The candlestick is composed of 5 sections, which are screwed together. The upper sections tilt slightly to one side when assembled. There are a few small original lacunae, consistent with Venetian casting practice. There is a more notable casting flaw to the top edge of the section with the putti at the centre, with a fissure and loss to the decoration. The proper left foot of one of the putti here is lost. There is some wear to the lacquer patina, notably rubbing at the high points. There is a slight reddish sheen to the surface in areas. There are some minor nicks, notably to the rim of the drip pan. There is a slightly protruding screw at the centre of the drip pan. There is dust in the crevices throughout.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
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.
P. Humfrey, The Age of Titian : Venetian renaissance art from Scottish collections, exh. cat. National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, 2004, no. 214
This fine Venetian candlestick follows the same model as a pair in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (inv. nos. 1975.1.1380 and 1975.1.1381), which have been attributed to Roccatagliata's son Sebastiano Nicolini. Compare also with another formerly in the Rosebery collection at Mentmore, offered in these rooms on 5 December 2012, lot 40.