An important pair of early 19th century Italian micromosaic panels depicting Bacchus and a Bacchante probably Roman or Milanese, in the manner of Giacomo Raffaelli (1753 -1836) circa 1820

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Lot 71
An important pair of early 19th century Italian micromosaic panels depicting Bacchus and a Bacchante
probably Roman or Milanese, in the manner of Giacomo Raffaelli (1753 -1836) circa 1820

Sold for £ 71,500 (US$ 84,931) inc. premium
An important pair of early 19th century Italian micromosaic panels depicting Bacchus and a Bacchante
probably Roman or Milanese, in the manner of Giacomo Raffaelli (1753 -1836) circa 1820
Bacchus, looking to dexter wearing a wreath of fruiting vines, his shoulders clad in a leopard skin, with curling beard, on a black ground, the Bacchante looking over her shoulder to sinister, her flowing hair similarly with a fruiting vine wreath, her shoulders with a gold pinned draped fur mantle, similarly on a black ground, mounted within contemporary mahogany stained rectangular frames with lappet mouldings and gilt inner slip, the mosaics, 33cm x 28cm, overall 50.5cm x 46.5cm

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Formerly the property of the Spanish Duke of Aveyro, thence by descent

    For a comparable pair of near identical panels which are now in the collection of The National Trust and at The Argory, County Armagh, see INV. No. 564857.

    The Cult of Bacchus
    Capturing the imagination of artists, writers and philosophers in the 18th century, the fascination in the 'modern myth' taken from the classical mythology contemplated the opposing tensions between rationality and irrationality. In Greco-Roman mythology, Apollo and Dionysus or Bacchus are both sons of Zeus, the former being the god of the sun and of rational thinking and order, appealing to logic, prudence and purity, the later being being the god of wine and dance and irrationality and chaos, appealing to emotion and instinct.

    Literature
    J. H. Gabriel, The Gilbert Collection, Micromosaics, Philip Wilson, 2000.
    J. H. Gabriel, Micromosaics, Private Collections, 2016.
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An important pair of early 19th century Italian micromosaic panels depicting Bacchus and a Bacchante probably Roman or Milanese, in the manner of Giacomo Raffaelli (1753 -1836) circa 1820
An important pair of early 19th century Italian micromosaic panels depicting Bacchus and a Bacchante probably Roman or Milanese, in the manner of Giacomo Raffaelli (1753 -1836) circa 1820
An important pair of early 19th century Italian micromosaic panels depicting Bacchus and a Bacchante probably Roman or Milanese, in the manner of Giacomo Raffaelli (1753 -1836) circa 1820
An important pair of early 19th century Italian micromosaic panels depicting Bacchus and a Bacchante probably Roman or Milanese, in the manner of Giacomo Raffaelli (1753 -1836) circa 1820
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