Sale 18CN02 | Lot 10

Flemish School

Catalogue: English & Continental Furniture / Old Masters

Lot Details

Lot 10
Flemish School
17th Century
Allegory of the Air (The Goddess Iris with a Gathering of Birds)
Oil on canvas
22 x 35 inches (56 x 89 cm)
Provenance:
Private collection, Connecticut
Allegories of the Four Elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water were a favorite subject in 16th- and 17th-century Flanders, where well-educated patrons loved to exhibit their erudition. Each element was commonly personified by a mythological figure, such as Neptune for Water, Vulcan for Fire, or, as here, Iris, goddess of the rainbow, for Air. Here the air is further represented not only by Iris's rainbow, but storm clouds and a variety of birds. This painting was probably one of a series of the Elements, presumably intended for a library or sitting room.


Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000

Additional Notes & Condition Report

Glue relined; visible stretcher marks and craquelure. Some small flaking along the upper mark. There is a large area of repair (1 1/2 x 2 inches) on the body of the flying bird in the upper left quadrant; another area along the tree trunk at center left; two areas, each about an i in diameter, along the right margin. A few touches elsewhere.


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Catalogue Info

English & Continental Furniture / Old Masters

Wed, May 23, 2018 at 10am EDT
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