Pair of allegorical oil paintings by G. Cornicelius

By Cornicelius, Georg (German, 1825-1898)

£55,000

These fine oil paintings are a brilliant example of Cornicelius' figurative work, portraying Classically inspired personifications of the senses.

 

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Description

The allegorical painting depicts two of the five senses: Sound and Taste. Sound is presented as a female figure, draped in robes and holding a tambourine in her raised left hand. She has a cherub by her side, who is seated on a garland of flowers and playing the bagpipes. This painting is decorated with a further garland of flowers to the upper left corner and flowers below.

Taste is presented as a male figure, also draped in robes, holding a glass of wine in his right hand and a sceptre in his left. Again, in front of him a cherub is shown holding a garland of flowers in his raised left hand and a jug in his lowered right hand. There is a further garland of flowers to the upper right corner, a vine with grapes through the centre and flowers below. The painting is signed lower right 'G. Cornicelius' and set within a ornate carved giltwood frame.

Frame height 155cm, width 120cm
Painting height 130cm, width 94cm

Provenance-+

By repute from the Russian Embassy's previous location in Stockholm, Sweden (Villagatan 17)

Literature-+

Charles Siebert, The artistic development of Georg Cornicelius. Diss. Freiburg (1905) Charles Siebert, catalog of the works of the painter Georg Cornicelius. Studies of German art history 17, Issue 1 (Strasbourg 1914)

Details

Artist / Maker
By Cornicelius, Georg (German, 1825-1898)
Country of Origin
German
Date of Manufacture
Late 19th Century
Period
Late 19th Century
Style
Neoclassical
Material
Oil on Canvas
Colour
Multi-coloured

Dimensions

Height
155 cm / 61 inches
Width
120 cm / 47.2 inches

Reference:
013930

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