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Superb Classical Landscape by Andrea Locatelli 1695-1741

Classical landscape with figures resting at the edge of a wood

Oil painting on canvas 29 x 39 inches
Contained in a good carved and gilded frame

Provenance: The Gentili Family Collection, Rome

Andrea Locatelli was in born in Rome in 1695 the son of Giovanni Francesco Locatelli. Little is known of his early career except he received initial instruction from his father then at the age of twelve went to study in the studio of “Monsu Alto” a mysterious painter of marines.

Locatelli was amongst the group of landscape painters in Rome who were widely patronised by the English ‘Milordi’ on the Grand Tour, and many of his paintings are to be found in old English collections. He lived to an extent under the shadow of the somewhat older Jan Frans Van Bloemen, called L’Orizzonte, whose work was avidly bought by the English and whose style defined the Classical Landscape for a generation or two of collectors. Locatelli’s work is more naturalistic in style, but still depends from the Classical style defined by, earlier, Claude and subsequently Van Bloemen. Locatelly seldom executed they type of classical capriccio that defined the work of Gian-Paolo Panini, but elements of Roman sculpture, as here, enter his compositions.

Price £14000.00


Philip II of Spain, Gold Scudo by Giovan Ravaschieri


Philip II of Spain, Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, gold Scudo [Scudo d’oro], undated, by Giovan Battista Ravaschieri, bare head right, monogram behind, legend with English title, PHILIP R ANG FRA NEAP P HIS, rev., crowned and garnished oval shield of arms, HISPANI PRINCEP, 23mm; 3.35g (MI 69/14; Fr. 836a; P & R 1).

A most pleasing example, much as struck, with an excellent portrait, nearly extremely fine and very rare.

Giovan Battista Ravaschieri, Mint-director at Naples (1525-1560). MI lists six coins of Philip II on account of his English title and because some earlier references have them listed as medals.

The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals ref.21

Price £1950.00


Henri II King of France, surrender of Calais, bronze medal, 1558

36 36a

Henri II (1519-1547-1559), King of France, the surrender of Calais, cast bronze medal, 1558, laureate and armoured bust of Henri right, the armour with lion-head shoulder plates, wearing the badge of St Michael, HENRICVS II REX CHRISTIANISS, rev., Henri on horseback attended by soldiers and preceded by Victory and Peace, MAIORA SEQVENTVR, in exergue, EXACTIS BRITANNIS ET CALETO GVINIAQ RECEPT, beaded border to both sides and on thin flan, 75mm (MI 88/57; BMC [Jones] – ; van Mieris III, 422; Trésor I, XI, 6).

A high quality early cast with dark brown patina.

Calais surrendered to the French on 10 January, 1558.

Provenance: The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals

Price £520.00


King Philip II of Spain medal, cast bronze, 1555 by Jacopo Nizolla da Trezzo

2828aPhilip II of Spain and King of England, complimentary medal, cast bronze, 1555, by Jacopo Nizolla da Trezzo, half-length bust of Philip II, left, in armour, with badge of the Golden Fleece, mantle around his shoulders, + PHILIPPVS AVSTR CAROLI V CAES F PRINC HISP ET ANGL R, rev., Virtue, as a draped female statue stands in a small pool, on her head a vase overflowing with water from two animal heads, around, a group of figures collect the water and drink it, VIRTVS, in ex, NVNQ DEFICIT, beaded border to both sides, 79.5mm (MI 75/26).
An excellent cast, good very fine with pleasant brown patina, pierced twice above head (by R and I of CAROLI), extremely rare.

The portrait type of Philip derives from another medal, signed by Leone Leoni, whilst the reverse comes from a medal dated to 1550-1552, of Gianello della Torre (1500-1585), the celebrated horologist, engineer and architect from Cremona.

Provenance: The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals

Price £5750.00


Philip II of Spain and King of England, 1556, by Gianpaolo Poggini


Philip II of Spain and King of England, Military Reward, cast bronze medal, 1556, by Gianpaolo Poggini, (c.1518-1580), bearded bust left, wearing armour and small ruff collar, PHILIPPVS DG HISPANIARVM ET ANGLIÆ REX, rev., a pelican pecks her breast to feed her young with her blood, tablet below inscribed, D PRO LEGE REGE ET GREGE, within ornamental border, 39mm (MI 80/37; vL I, 10; Attwood -).

A contemporary cast with light chasing to obverse, very fine and extremely rare.


Provenance: Bt. D. Fearon, October 2010.


Price £SOLD