Italian Renaissance Antiques
These Renaissance treasures have caught our expert’s eye
Three major New York museum shows are celebrating Italy’s formidable contributions to the history of art: “Antico: The Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes,” at the Frick, through July 29; “Bellini, Titian, and Lotto,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, from May 15 to September 3; and “The Age of Titian,” at the Morgan Library, from May 18 to September 23. With that in mind, our antiques expert revisited the Renaissance with New York’s best dealers.
1 THE REAL DEAL
Paolo da Visso’s circa-1440 triptych Madonna and Child Enthroned, Christ Crucified with God the Father, and (on the wings) St. James and St. John the Baptist and St. Paul (26¹/³” x 22½”) can be shown either as a work of art or as the centerpiece of a private devotional. $250,000, Robert Simon Fine Art, 53 Tower Hill Rd. E., Tuxedo Park, 845-351-2339, robertsimon.com.
2 TORCH SONG
Fit for a palazzo’s grand salon (or simply a lofty living room), this wrought-iron torchère, one of a pair, features filigreed scrollwork typical of the 16th century, though it’s an early-20th-century interpretation. $2,800 for the pair, Newel Antiques, 425 E. 53rd St., NYC, 212-758-1970, newel.com.
3 court appointment
Want to sit like a Medici? This circa-1920 upholstered walnut rendition of a Renaissance-court armchair, trimmed in silk fringe, is positively regal-looking. $6,800, David Duncan Antiques, 247 E. 60th St., NYC, 212-688-0666, davidduncanantiques.com.
4 GLAZE OF GLORY
These circa-1920 majolica footed vases, painted by lusterware pioneer Paolo Rubboli, include beautifully articulated griffin, fleur-de-lis, and acanthus-leaf details. $1,800 for both, John Howell Antiques, 324 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, 646-330-0529, johnhowellantiques.com.
5 LIONS REIGN
A symbol of power and majesty since ancient Egyptian times, the lion was a popular motif during the Renaissance. This carved 18th-century giltwood duo still retains its original overlay. $8,800, Patrick Bavasi, 172 E. 61st St., NYC, 212-796-4986, patrickbavasi.com.