Oval bronze PLATE representing the battle... - Lot 153 - Pierre Bergé & Associés

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Oval bronze PLATE representing the battle... - Lot 153 - Pierre Bergé & Associés
Oval bronze PLATE representing the battle of the Centaurs and the Lapiths on a colonnade background. Inscription on the lower part IOANNES DE CÃS B.
Italy, Giovanni Bernadi (1496-1553), c. 1525 -1535
An ancient overmoulding of an intaglio presumably made of rock crystal.
Height: 8.5 cm - Width: 10.6 cm - Thickness: 0.5 cm
(hanging hole)
The Bargello Museum in Florence keeps a smaller oval plate illustrating a Lion Hunt on an architectural background signed by the same artist. It was given to Giovanni Bernadi, who was a medallist and stone engraver, in the image of his elder brother Valerio Belli, a goldsmith from Vicenza.
This plate is an overmoulding of a large intaglio, a process that had already been used previously for bronze plates made from Belli's crystals.
Works consulted: G. Toderi and F. Vannel
Toderi, Plachette secoli XV-XVIII nel Muzeo
Nazionale del Bargello, Florence, 1996, pp.
50-53; J. Warren, Medieval and Renaissance
Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum, Volume 3, Plaquettes, Ashmolean
Museum Publications, n.d., pp. 786-793; P. Malgouyres, De Filarete à
Riccio - Bronzes italiens de la Renaissance (1430-1550), La collection du musée du Louvre, Paris, 2020.
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