Catalogue of European Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum 1540 to the Present Day (3 Vols) (1992)

Artist(s): Various
Author(s): Nicholas Penny
Format: hardback
Edition: First Edition
Year published: 1992
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 920
Illustrations: Profusely illustrated


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The collection of sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford is second only to that of the Victoria and Albert Museum. It is particularly strong in Italian bronzes and in the work of the New Sculptors (the former from the Fortnum Collection, the latter from the Brocklebank bequest). In addition it possesses the famous ivory Venus and Cupid by Petel, the bronze Venus formerly attributed to Hans Mont, the baroque marble bust of Christopher Wren signed by Pierce, a boxwood Saint Sebastian in the style of Bustelli, and the Ugolino by Pierino da Vinci – probably the finest preserved Renaissance relief in wax. The catalogue is divided into three volumes. It includes some ceramics, metalwork and furniture, and is fully illustrated with comparative plates and includes discussion of condition and technique. The catalogue includes material by obscure artists and little-known work by famous sculptors. Volume I: Italian with 254 monochrome illustrations; Volume II: French and Other European Sculpture with 205 monochrome illustrations; and Volume III: British with 368 monochrome illustrations. Condition: a light creasing to bottom edge of volumes III’s dust-wrapper, otherwise a near fine set in protective mylar covers.


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