Christie's - Renaissance panels
A collection of Tuscan Renaissance cassone panels is a prominent feature of Christie’s Old Masters sale on July 6 in King Street.
The panels within these large chests were made for wealthy patrons in Renaissance Italy, typically commissioned to commemorate marriages of the Florentine or Sienese elite until the mid-15th century.
The collection comprises nine examples in total and charts the artistic development of the cassone tradition across the 14th and 15th centuries.
This panel by Florentine artist Giovanni Toscani (c.1370-1430) depicts scenes from the tale of Ginevra and Bernabò of Genoa and Ambrogiuolo of Piacenza, a story illustrating the triumphs of female virtue. It is estimated at £700,000-1m.
Chiswick Auctions - gold snuff box
This gold snuff box made in Geneva c.1790 has a £1000-1500 estimate at Chiswick Auctions in Colville Road, west London, on July 18. The lid is decorated with an allegory of young love, showing Cupid with his arrows cast aside.
Kallos Gallery - Canaanite bronze
This deity is thought to represent El, the head of the Canaanite pantheon and the subject of widespread worship in the Levant during the 2nd millennium BC.
Measuring 5in (12cm) high and made from bronze, it is priced at £96,000 in an exhibition at the Kallos Gallery in Davies Street from June 26-July 21. Where we are and where we have been looks at the artistic connections among ancient cultures, and the impact they have had on modern masters and contemporary artists.
Tomasso Brothers - Thorvaldsen statue
Carved by Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844), this early 19th century marble statue of Cupid is included in the Canova and His Legacy exhibition taking place at Tomasso’s new gallery on Jermyn Street during London Art Week.
Sir Michael Shaw Stewart purchased the 3ft 4in (1.02m) high sculpture directly from Thorvaldsen, and the work is accompanied by the receipt of sale, penned by the sculptor himself.
Thorvaldsen, one of Canova’s most successful contemporaries, was born in Copenhagen, and trained at the Royal Danish Academy of Art, where he was admitted aged 11.
Asking price is in the region of £750,000.
Sworders - oak aumbry
This early 16th century oak aumbry is included in Sworders’ June 27 sale in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex. Measuring 3ft 7in (1.1m) high, the small cupboard has been consigned from a local farm and is estimated at £5000-7000.
Sotheby's - Chinese commondes
This pair of transitional gilt-bronze mounted Chinese lacquer commodes à vantaux are valued at £250,000-500,000 at Sotheby’s Treasures sale in New Bond Street on July 5. They were made in Paris by the German cabinet-maker François Rübestück in c.1770.
Bonhams - Knibb table clock
Bonhams’ Fine Clocks sale at New Bond Street on July 5 will feature this table clock by Joseph Knibb, London.
Ebony veneered and dating to the late 17th century, it has a pull-quarter repeat system and a two-train fusee movement.
Knibb was famous for inventing the Roman striking mechanism, which uses two bells of different tones to sound the hours. The clock is estimated at £50,000-65,000.
SJ Phillips - Neuber box
This late 18th century gold and hardstone box is by celebrated Dresden goldsmith Johann-Christian Neuber (1736-1808).
Made in c.1790, the box is inlaid with 48 numbered semi-translucent and opaque Saxon hardstones, including a variety of agates, cornelian, jasper and amethyst. It has an asking price in the region of £1m from SJ Phillips at Masterpiece London.
Sotheby's - Roman bust
This Roman Imperial marble bust of a man, dating from the 2nd century AD, is being sold by the Denver Art Museum to benefit its acquisition fund.
The 2ft 5in (75cm) high sculpture depicts a Roman military officer and a member of the elite senatorial or equestrian class. It has been in Denver since 1965.
Sotheby’s will offer the work in its New Bond Street sale, Ancient Marbles: Classical Sculpture and Works of Art, on June 12. It is guided at £300,000-500,000.
Christie's - Indian throne-chairs
Among the pieces to go under the hammer at Christie’s Opulence sale in King Street on June 6 is this ornate pair of Indian silver-mounted throne-chairs.
Made c.1870-1910, they measure 2ft 8in (81.5cm) high and are surmounted by lion crests and ‘S’-scroll arms headed by recumbent lions. The coat of arms, which is inspired by European heraldry, has not yet been identified.
The pair has been consigned from an ‘important’ private collection, and is guided at £20,000-30,000.