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Attributed to Bernardino Novi (active circa 1555-1595)

Bust of a Gentleman

UK: Greenford Park Warehouse

Estimate:

20,000 - 30,000 GBP

Attributed to Bernardino Novi (active circa 1555-1595)

Attributed to Bernardino Novi (active circa 1555-1595)

Bust of a Gentleman

Bust of a Gentleman

Estimate:

20,000 - 30,000 GBP

Lot sold:

25,200

GBP

Attributed to Bernardino Novi (active circa 1555-1595)

Italian, Genoa, second half 16th century

Bust of a Gentleman


marble, on a marble base

80.5 cm., 31¾in. overall

Overall the condition of the marble is good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. The nose is restored. It appears to have been restored with a marble piece and the joint concealed with conservators' paint. There are some further very sensitive and subtle restorations: The edges of the lapels have been replaced with later thin sections of marble, presumably to restore chips to the edges. Sections of the drapery at the left lower corner have also been replaced. Further such sections include: at the proper right shoulder, and at the back edge of the proper left ear. There are some naturally occurring inclusions, some with fill, including at the chest. There is a particular vein that runs from the proper left shoulder up to the back of the head, which has a yellowish hue. There is a replaced or separately carved section at the back of the head with some discolouration around the joint.

The probably associated socle is in good condition. 


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Sotheby's is grateful to Dr Luca Annibali for proposing an attribution of the present bust to the Genoese sculptor, Bernardino Novi (active circa 1555-1595).
The Loyd Collection, United Kingdom

From Tintoretto to Tiepolo. Summer Exhibition, Heim Gallery, London, 1980, no. 26

When exhibited at the Heim Gallery in the Summer of 1980, this bust was shown with a companion bust of a Man in a Doublet. Both marbles were identified as Roman, late 16th century because of their stylistic affinities with the work of sculptors, mainly from Lombardy, such as G. A. Da Valsolda, Silla da Viggiu and Ippolito Buzio, who worked in Rome during the last quarter of the century. These busts reflect the more restrained context of the Counter Reformation which ushered in a period of more sober representation in painting and sculpture. The undemonstrative contemporary dress of the present bust and his reflective, calm expression are both typical of the period.


Sotheby’s is grateful to Dr Luca Annibali for proposing an attribution of the present bust to the sculptor Bernardino Novi. Recorded in Genoa between 1555 and 1595, Novi is thought to have collaborated with sculptors such as Galeazzo Alessi and Pompeo Leoni. His statue of Cattaneo Pinelli (1555) in the Palazzo Doria-Tursi in Genoa provides a compelling stylistic comparison for the present bust, showing closely analogous carving of the beard and facial features.