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.
1245 Italy. Papal Medals. Clement XII (1652-1730-1740), Lorenzo Corsini. Damascened Bronze Complimentary Medal, by Jacques Antoine Dassier, bust right, wearing cap, cope and stole, CLEMENS XII PONT MAX, rev legend within palm wreath, LONGANIMITAS ET FORTITUDO, 53mm (Eisler II, 166, 1, damascened unlisted; Linc 1753; Roma 166, this piece). Choice extremely fine.
1246 Italy. Papal Medals. Clement XII (1652-1730-1740), Lorenzo Corsini. San Giovanni in Laterano, Silver Foundation Medal, 1733, by Ottone Hamerani, bust right wearing tiara and richly embroidered cope, hand raised in blessing, signed below truncation, rev façade of St John’s Lateran, ADORATE DOMINVM IN ATRIO SANCTO EIVS, 72mm (Linc 1779; Weber 316; Mazio 441; Venuti 19; Ciech 272; Clifford 238). Choice extremely fine, the tone somewhat uneven.
1266 Italian Medals. Marco Guidizani (active 1454-1462). Pasquale Malipiero (1392-1457-1462), cast Bronze Medal, bust right in robes and ducal cap, PASQ MARIPE VENETVM DIGNISS DVX ET P P, rev semi-draped figure of Peace, sword and shield at her feet, 62.5mm (Hill, Corpus 415; Arm I, 35, 3). Very fine, the reverse somewhat sharper than the obverse. A much superior specimen to that illustrated by Hill.
1271 Italian Medals, Venice. Giovanni Zacchi (working in 1536). Marc Antonio Giustiniani (1684-1688), The Surrender and Hommage of Mustapha Pasha and his brother Hassan Pasha to the Doge, oval cast Gilt-bronze Medal, 1687, by Georg Hautsch, the brothers kneel before the Doge and three courtiers, PACERE SUBIECTIS …, rev the rampant Lion of St Mark, with sword and wreath, holding a dolphin, EX UTROQVE VICTOR, lettered edge, SERENISSIMI LEONIS ALATI SOLO SALOQUE TURCARUM VICTORIS TRIUMPHALE FLORILEGIUM 1687, 72mm x 57mm (Voltolina 1054; Serenissima 102; VT , 54; Wellenheim 3201; Ampach 3873; Milford Haven II, 88). An extremely fine contemporary cast, a little double in the reverse legend, pierced at the top, very rare. In 1685 a mercenary army financed by Venice and under the command of Francesco Morosini (later Doge), occupied the Morea – the Peloponnese. Athens was captured in 1687 (it was during this siege that a Turkish arms store within the Acropolis exploded doing considerable damage to the Parthenon). Later, during the peace negotiations, Venice agreed to return Livadia to the Turks, but retained the Morea. Shortly after their defeat in August 1687, the Turkish commanders, Mustapha Pasha of Nauplia and his brother Hassan Pasha, fearful of reprisals, surrendered with their families, to Marc Antonio Giustiniani – as depicted on the medal.
1394 French “Art” Medals. Virginie Cécile Louise Doutreleau, born 1812, uniface cast Bronze Medal, by J J Richard, bust right, her name around as if engraved, VIRGINIE CÉCILE LOUISE DOUTRELEAU NÉE 1812, 100mm (cf BDM V, 110). Rare and extremely fine. A rare piece of this sculptor’s medallic work. Richard was acquainted with David d’Angers and the medal displays his influence.
1395 French “Art” Medals. Onésime Rosalie Doutreleau, uniface cast Bronze Portrait Medal, 1810, by J J Richard, bust left with hair held high with comb, her name around as if engraved,