Old Master Paintings & Works on Paper Day Auction

Old Master Paintings & Works on Paper Day Auction

View full screen - View 1 of Lot 121. Portrait of a lady, bust-length, in a white ruff and black dress with grey and gold trimmed sleeves.

Circle of Sofonisba Anguissola

Portrait of a lady, bust-length, in a white ruff and black dress with grey and gold trimmed sleeves

Lot Closed

July 4, 09:21 AM GMT

Estimate

6,000 - 8,000 GBP

Lot Details

Description

Property from a European Private Collection


Circle of Sofonisba Anguissola

Portrait of a lady, bust-length, in a white ruff and black dress with grey and gold trimmed sleeves


oil on copper, circular

diameter: 8 cm.; 3⅛ in.

framed: 11.8 x 11.6 cm.; 4⅝ x 4½ in.

Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 10 December 1993, lot 345 (as circle of Sofonisba Anguissola);

Where acquired by the present collector.

Datable to the end of the 16th or early 17th century, this work is reminiscent of the small portraits painted on copper by the Cremonese artist Sofonisba Anguissola (c. 1532–1625). In spite of its size, every detail is minutely executed, from the sitter's dress to the distant landscape in the background. Small cabinet pictures of this type were produced widely across the north of Italy as gifts or presentation pieces for potential patrons. The use of copper made them easy to transport and exhibit, as well as instilling them with a precious, gem-like quality.