Don Juan de Cárdenas and Doña Juana de Ludeña, Duke and Duchess of Maqueda
Property from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Spain, Toledo, late 16th century

Don Juan de Cárdenas and Doña Juana de Ludeña, Duke and Duchess of Maqueda

28 January 2021 • New York

Don Juan de Cárdenas and Doña Juana de Ludeña, Duke and Duchess of Maqueda
Don Juan de Cárdenas and Doña Juana de Ludeña, Duke and Duchess of Maqueda
Don Juan de Cárdenas and Doña Juana de Ludeña, Duke and Duchess of Maqueda
Don Juan de Cárdenas and Doña Juana de Ludeña, Duke and Duchess of Maqueda
Don Juan de Cárdenas and Doña Juana de Ludeña, Duke and Duchess of Maqueda
Don Juan de Cárdenas and Doña Juana de Ludeña, Duke and Duchess of Maqueda
Don Juan de Cárdenas and Doña Juana de Ludeña, Duke and Duchess of Maqueda
Don Juan de Cárdenas and Doña Juana de Ludeña, Duke and Duchess of Maqueda
Don Juan de Cárdenas and Doña Juana de Ludeña, Duke and Duchess of Maqueda
Don Juan de Cárdenas and Doña Juana de Ludeña, Duke and Duchess of Maqueda
Don Juan de Cárdenas and Doña Juana de Ludeña, Duke and Duchess of Maqueda
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Spain, Toledo, late 16th century

Don Juan de Cárdenas and Doña Juana de Ludeña, Duke and Duchess of Maqueda

Estimate:

400,000 - 600,000 USD

Property from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Spain, Toledo, late 16th century

Spain, Toledo, late 16th century

Don Juan de Cárdenas and Doña Juana de Ludeña, Duke and Duchess of Maqueda

Don Juan de Cárdenas and Doña Juana de Ludeña, Duke and Duchess of Maqueda

Estimate:

400,000 - 600,000 USD

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Description

Property from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Spain, Toledo, late 16th century

Don Juan de Cárdenas and Doña Juana de Ludeña, Duke and Duchess of Maqueda


alabaster

the hands of the Duchess are detached

heights 57 1/2 in. and 50 1/2 in.; 146 and 128cm.

Condition report

Duchess

General, standard surface abrasions and wear consistent with age. The alabaster has veining and inclusions and hairline cracks throughout which is inherent in the material. There is some staining throughout which is also consistent with the material and age. There are chips and losses throughout including: part of bow on top of her head, some edges of her cape, larger losses to cuffs of her cloak and bottom portion of one cuff on the right side. There is a loss to border of her cloak along her proper right side behind her hips.

Her hands detached and would need to be professionally reattached. One of the two tassels on the cushion is lacking and the other has been restored and reattached. Her head appears to have been broken from the back through her collar (below the ruff) and restored at that crack.


Duke

General, standard surface abrasions and wear consistent with age. The alabaster has veining and inclusions and hairline cracks throughout which is inherent in the material. There is some staining throughout which is also consistent with the material and age. There is restoration to his thumbs. There is a small loss to the bottom edge of the chainmail below his codpiece and portions of the sword and its hilt on the ground before him are also lacking. The top portion and lower tip of dagger attached to his back are lacking. One tassel on the back of the cushion has been reattached. His proper right ankle has a filled and repaired break. The front of his proper right shoe is lacking. Otherwise there are smaller chips and small losses throughout, including on edges of armor and chainmail and portions of some tassels. There is some remains of a plaster base underneath him.

Otherwise, overall, these rare sculptures are in stable and very good condition.


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. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE.

Provenance

Church of San Juan Bautista, Maqueda, Toledo;
Church of Santa Maria de Los Alcazares, Maqueda, Toledo, until after 1894;
M. Schutz, Paris;
Jacques Seligmann and Co., New York;
From whom acquired, 1948

Literature

M. Cervino, “Excursion a Torrijos, Maqueda, Escalona de Alberche y Almorox,” Boletin de la Sociedad Espanola de Excursiones, December, 1894, pp. 194-198 (illus.);
L. Reau, “Deux chefs d’oeuvre de la sculpture espagnol a Paris,” in Les Beaux Arts (Le Journal des Arts), March 27, 1942, p. 3 (illus.);
Magazine of Art, December, 1948, pp. 302-5 (illus.);
A. C. Ritchie, "Two Masterpieces of Spanish Sculpture" in Gallery Notes, Fall-Winter, 1948-1949, pp. 3-5 (illus.);
AQ, Autumn, 1949, p.275 (illus.);
B. G. Proske, Pompeo Leoni. Work in marble and alabaster in relation to Spanish sculpture, The Hispanic Society of America, New York, 1956, n. 33, p. 43; 
S. A. Nash, Paintings and Sculpture. Antiquity to 1942, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, New York, 1979, p. 188;
Rosa Lopez Torrijos and Juan Nicolau Castro, 'La Familia Cardenas, Juan de Lugano Y Los Encargos de escultura Genovesa en el siglo XVI' in Bulletin of the Art and Archeology Studies Seminar, BSAA, vo. 68, 2002, pp. 169-190, fig. 5 (illus.)