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

 

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