MONTE CARLO, Monaco – HVMC will present one of the last works of Italian Neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova, a marble bust of a young Ferrarese noblewoman, at the Monte Carlo auction house’s sale on Saturday, April 27. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
Canova (1757-1822) sculpted the bust of Lucrezia D’Este (above) at the height of his career, shortly before his death at age 64. One of the most famous sculptors of his time, Canova acquired famous patrons including Napoleon Bonaparte, who commissioned a sculpture of himself as Mars the Peacemaker in 1802. Lucrezia D’Este was the daughter of the Ferrara Ercole II D’Este and Princess Renée of France, herself daughter of King Louis XII. This will be the first time the bust has ever been offered at auction.
A 17th century polychrome Italian wooden statue of The Pietà (below) is another featured lot in the auction. It measures more than 50 inches tall by 46 inches wide and is expected to sell for €25,000-€30,000.
A collection of French clocks will spend some time crossing the auction block. One of the finest is a bronze and white marble mantel clock having a Charles Baltazar, Paris, movement and sporting a Cupid figure.
Porcelain offerings range from a partial set of Meissen tableware to a 40-inch-tall Vienna covered vase.
The auction will open with a selection of French furniture including a petite console d’applique. The table has a baluster shaft on is supported bronze claw feet.
The 266-lot auction of furniture and objets d’art will begin Saturday, April 27, at 9:30 a.m. U.S. Eastern time.