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THE HAMILTON PALACE COLLECTION…

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THE HAMILTON PALACE COLLECTION SALE. The sale of the Italian pictures on Saturday at Christie's was attended with an interest quite as great as in the preceding week, when so many pictures wers bought BO successively for the National Gallery. On this occasion four more were acquired-viz., Portrait of Ludovico Cornaro, of Venice, the writer of the Book on Longevity, an old man of 100 years, 23in. by 18|in., by Titian, £ 336; The Last Supper, MSn. by 8iin., attributed to Masaccio, £630; An Allegory, 3ft. 8in by 3ft. 2in., by Pontormo, £315; The Circum- cision, by Luca Signorelli. An altar-piece, on thick planks joined crosswise, 8ft. 6in. by 6ft., with ten figures life-size, the high priest in the centre of the group, before the arched apse of the altar. The strong sunlight that fell upon this grand picture as it was uncovered on the wall brought it out with splendid effect of rich colour, and raised a spontaneous burst of applause, after which the biddings started with 500 guineas, soon reaching 2,000, when M. Guchez began, and went on steadily, as it appeared, with no other bidder against the auctioneer's advances, and watched with no small anxiety by the crowded audience, until he shook his head as Mr. Woods called 3,000 guineas, beyond which there was no advance, and almost as the hammer fell a round of enthusiastic applause expressed the satisfaction of the audience that this noble example was bought for the nation. The total of the day amounted to JE19,785 3s. Some very high prices were obtained on Monday, the eighth day. A pair of altar candlesticks, of old green Venetian glass, 23in. high, sold for .£84- A ewer, of elegant form, of ancient Oriental glass, enamelled and gilt on the neck and with equestrian figures, and projecting tongues of glass, with beautiful pattern of interlaced strap work and arabesques, considered to be the work of the 15th century, 7in. high, £2,730. An Italian cabinet, ebony, inlaid with old Florentine piefcre dure mosaic, mounted with ormolu, with the companion cabinet, £903. These formed part of the furni- ture in the room in the Winter Palace, St. Petersburg, where the Emperor Paul was aBsas- sinated. The Due de Choiseul's writing table and cartonniere, an oblong Louis XV. writing table of parqueterie, mounted with vases, and festoons of foliage of ormclu, and surmounted by a clock, by Alard, £ 5,565, The Rape of Proserpina, a fine group in bronze, by G. di Bologna, ormolu plinth, chased with foliage, with The Rape of Helen, the companion group, B1.428. A chime clock, in case of ormolu, of rare design, with figures above, surmounted by a lion, holding the Arms of England, £ 861. The sum realised by the day's sale was £17,496, bringing up the tetal to about £ 215,000. The splendid enamels, the two pieces of the rare Henri Deux ware, and the Milanese damascened metal-work in caskets; coffers, and tables, in Tues- day's sale, completely rivalled the old French parqueterie furniture in the tremendous prices obtained (remarks The Times). The two beautiful little pieces of Henri Deux ware or Oiroa faience, from the place in France where it was made, did not quite realize the high price anticipated, though together they brought 1,960 guineas, but, being bought by different persons, they are now separated after having been together since they were purchased by the late duke in 1859, the tazza for E280 and the salt-cellar for £80. The hexagonal salt- cellar, 4in. high, width 3f in. It forms a raised pedestal with columns, and in each of the panels of the hexaggn a kind of alcove in which are figures of three cupids seated back to back with their arms joined. The whole surface is elaborately incised and filled in with arabesques, in fine brown lines, and masks in relief-£840. A tazza, height 4in., width Slin., of the same beautiful work, with masks, shells, and terminal figures, dolphins, and foliage, and the usual device of the three crescents interlaced found on this rare kind of ware, and supposed to refer to Diane de Poictiers— £ 1,218. A terra-cotta bust of Madame Elizabeth, by Marier, signed and dated 1791-£441. Among the other prices realised were the following :—A square chess table of cinque- cento work in damascened iron; the table inlaid with panels and cartouches of elaborate gold and silver damascene work, and with slabs of lapis lazuli; every part of the column supporting the table is covered with arabesques of exquisite design in gold and silver and relievo ornaments in gilt bronze, with figures in the round Milanese work, circa 1540 reputed to have been presented by a Duke of Milan to a Prince of Savoy, from the Soltykoff and Debruge- Dumenil collection, A great contest occurred for this extraordinary table between Mr. Loewenstein and Mr. Denison, the latter gentleman being the purchaser at £ 3,150. An inkstand, formed as a book, of steel cinque-cento work, damascened and inlaid with gold and silver of Milanese work of the 16th century-£168; a curious cabinet, with fall-down front, the entire surface enriched in a most elaborate style with panels of cartouche work, slabs of lapis lazuli, jasper, and onyxes, every part damascened with rich arabesque patterns in gold and silver, length 42in., height 36in., Milanese work, circa 1540— £ 1,071. The day's sale realised jE29,373, making a grand total of £247,085 for the nine days' sale.

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