An early 19th century Dieppe ivory relief after Sir Peter Paul Rubens entitled 'Prosperous Government'
Lot 6Y
A 19th century Dieppe ivory relief of The Felicity of the Regency of Marie de' Mediciafter Sir Peter Paul Rubens
£4,000 - 6,000
US$ 6,600 - 9,900
amended
Lot Details
A 19th century Dieppe ivory relief of The Felicity of the Regency of Marie de' Medici
after Sir Peter Paul Rubens
depicting Marie as the personification of Justice flanked by Cupid, Minerva, Prudence, Abundance, Saturn and two figures of Pheme, within an ornate ivory frame carved with scrolling acanthus leaves, grotesque heads, garlands of fruits and surmounted by a female mask, with a bearded male mask below, 24cm high x 18cm wide

Footnotes

  • Rubens was commissioned to paint a series of twenty one paintings depicting the life of Marie de' Medici for the Luxembourg Palace in Paris in 1621. The present relief shows Marie as an allegory of Justice seated on a throne, holding scales and maintaining the balance and order of the world. The surrounding figures are identifiable through their attributes, Prudence has a snake to indicate wisdom, Abundance has a cornucopia in her right arm, and Minerva has a helmet and shield. Saturn is shown guiding the figure of France forward. Fame signals the occasion with a trumpet in the top left corner and four putti play around the scene.

    The painting was the last in the series to be completed and was unique in that it was painted in situ to replace a controversial depiction of Marie's expulsion from Paris by her son Louis in 1617. The other paintings were all completed in Antwerp in Ruben's studio. The series is now in the Louvre, Paris.

Saleroom notices

  • *Reduced estimate £4000-6000
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