The Michael Hall Collection of Medallic Portraits - Part 2 Following on from the outstandingly successful sale of the first part of Michael Hall Collection of Medallic Portraits the second part goes under the hammer at Baldwin's on the 29th June 2010.
year. Further French Renaissance and later pieces also form part of the auction including an extensive selection of medals by Ferdinand de St Urbain and a large collection of Louis XIV and XV medals by Jean Mauger (lots 1321-1346), one of the most prolific engravers of the Le Grand Siècle period in France. Several of the pieces offered are not listed in the standard works. Lot 1349, a 1727 Louis XV Damascened Bronze Medal beautifully demonstrates the craftsmanship involved in the construction of these works of art.
The later part of the auction reemphasises the sculptural and artistic qualities of this collection with a stunning selection of French “Art” Medals including a number of Belle Epoque period plaquettes. The section includes lots 1394 and 1395, two uniface cast bronze medals depicting Virginie Cécle Louise Doutreleau and Onésime Rosalie Doutreleau respectively. Both medals are sculpted by J J Richard and are rare pieces of his medallic work. The artist was acquainted with David d’Angers and both medals display his influence.
The second part of the sale of the Michael Hall Collection of Renaissance and later medals is set to be held by Baldwin’s on the 29th June this year in London and the catalogue can be viewed online at www.baldwin.co.uk . Following on from the outstanding success of part one of the collection this, the second part is a smaller, modest, prelude to the finale due to take place on the 28th September, during London Coinex week. The third and final part of the collection will comprise of northern European Renaissance and later medals.
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1227 Italy. Papal Medals. Prize Medal of the Accademia di San Luca. Founded in 1593 as an association of artists in Rome, under the directorship of Federico Zuccari with the purpose of elevating the work of “artists”, which included painters, sculptors and architects, above that of mere craftsmen. The reverse image was designed by Giovanni Hamerani in 1694, taken from a painting by Guercino and was used for the first time for the Centenary Competition in 1695. Intended as an annual competition it was not always so, but the prizes, when awarded, were given in three classes in the three disciplines of painting, sculpture and architecture. Clement XI, Silver Medal set within Gilt-silver frame or border, presented 1703, Ermenegildo Hamerani and Giovanni Hamerani, bust right wearing tiara and cope, rev St Luke, seated at easel, paints the Virgin, INGENIIS PATVIT CAMPVS GERTVSQ MERENTI STAT FAVOR claud, 1703 / ACADEMIA PICTOR SCVLPTOR ET ARCHITECT VRBIS, 68mm (Ciech 267). The silver medal deeply toned, slightly lesser toning to frame, choice extremely fine.
1229 Italy. Papal Medals. Prize Medal of the Accademia di San Luca. Founded in 1593 as an association of artists in Rome, under the directorship of Federico Zuccari with