Art & Other Items
Large Antique Pyrography Art Plague
A 23 3/4" diameter circular wall art plague dated 1903. The plague was created by the artist using pyrography, a centuries old process of burning an image or decoration into wood or leather.
This item has beautiful rich polychrome colored bunches of red grapes on a vine surrounding the perimeter of the center sketch.
The sketch shows a 18th century Monk sitting in a pub table playing cards with country squire. The squire looks confident while the monk is being coach by another gentleman. Of course, a monk is normally forbidden to play cards and gamble by his church. A nice allegorical topic made as art.
A fine late Victorian art plague. Price $225
17th Century (circa 1680) Oil Painting "Lot and His Daughters" by Italian Artist Luca Giordanao (1632-1705) Price $4000
From a Pinehurst NC art collector purchased at auction in 1997, an oil painting of the Biblical story of Lot and His Daughters attributed to a prolific 17th century artist, Luca Giordano.
The painting depicts in the foreground Lot embracing one of his daughters-both figures shown nude. In the distance is Lot's other daughter standing on the road looking back at Sodom burning on a hill in the background.
The painting, 38" x 25 1/2", is framed in a more modern replica of a Venetian style wood frame. The actual painting size is 22" x 16".
The painting has been relined and overcleaned. Minor touch-up to the figrures' limbs and to the sky in the upper left.
Overall condition is quite good but the canvas appears to have been cut down.
Provenance: Purchased in Germany in 1945 by Major Andrew Anderson.
Owned by Robert Young and subsequently by John Robinson, both of San Francisco. Sold Dec. 5 1992, Lot 365, by Superior Galleries and later to Pinehurst NC owner in 1997. Retail Replacement Value in 1997 $5000