Friday, 2 June 2017

Bust in the Royal Collection, attrib. van Nost - Black People in 17th and 18th Century European Sculpture - a quick tour.



Some random notes on the Royal Collection bust and portrait sculpture of black people.

"Bust of a Moor" 
Polychrome Marble
in the Royal Collection 
attrib. John van Nost I.

Height 98.5 cms

It seems that this bust has been in the Royal Collection since about 1700

This sculpture has been traditionally described as a favorite personal servant of William III.

There appears to have so far been little information available on this incredible bust.

I will remain sceptical for the time being.It is of exceptional quality.

It is my current thinking that it is Venetian

Excellent Hi Res images from the Royal Collection Website

https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/collection/1396/bust-of-a-moor




































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18th Century Polychrome Marble Venetian Bust

Unknown location.

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18th Century Polychrome Marble Bust of a Youth.
Venetian

Anonymous

65.4 cms

Victoria and Albert Museum.


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Pair of Polychrome Marble Busts in the style of Melchior Barthel (1625 - 72) of Dresden.
Sold Gallerie Koller Zurich Switzerland - 2 Dec 2010.

Barthel seems to have made something of a specialty of depicting black people in his sculptures.



joshdll:
“ Two busts by Melchior Barthel featuring Roman Moors as Generals. Male and female. Circa 1650s.
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joshdll:
“ Two busts by Melchior Barthel featuring Roman Moors as Generals. Male and female. Circa 1650s.
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joshdll:
“ Two busts by Melchior Barthel featuring Roman Moors as Generals. Male and female. Circa 1650s.
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joshdll:
“ Two busts by Melchior Barthel featuring Roman Moors as Generals. Male and female. Circa 1650s.
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joshdll:
“ Two busts by Melchior Barthel featuring Roman Moors as Generals. Male and female. Circa 1650s.
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Currently unidentified location

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Polychrome Marble bust of a Young Man

Melchior Barthel

c. 1650

Height 24.5 inches

Saint Louis Art Museum.

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Funeral Monument of the Doge, Giovanni Pesaro
designed by Baldassari Longhena

Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Venice



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http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2010/treasures-aristocratic-heirlooms-l10307/lot.6.html
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Anonymous Sculptor (Venice)  Portrait Bust of a Man  Italy (early 16th Century)  Polychromed Bronze, 27.9 cm. (H) [Bust of a black man wearing a doublet, a soft cap with a tassle, and earrings.]  Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Department of Western Art.:


Ashmolean Museum

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Just for good measure I am adding the bust by Francis Harwood (1727 - 83).
Created in Florence 1758



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see - http://www.britishartstudies.ac.uk/issues/issue-index/issue-1/bust-of-a-man
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Jean-Baptiste Pigalle Paul France (1760) Terracotta Portrait Bust, 61 cm. Read more about Paul, an enslaved man in Pre-Revolutionary France, here.:

Jean Baptiste Pigalle
Terracotta
1760

Musee d'Orleans, France




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Anonymous Artist
Serpentine Bust of a Black Woman
Italy (c. 16th century)
Carved serpentine, 15.75 in.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Bust of a young woman
Anonymous Italian?
Serpentine
15.75"
16th Century?
Victoria and Albert Museum.



Bust of a Man
Anonymous
Italan?
Bronze
Height 22 cms
National Museum of Warsaw


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see - http://www.britishartstudies.ac.uk/issues/issue-index/issue-1/bust-of-a-man


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