Master to Master: The Nelson Shanks Collection

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Master to Master: The Nelson Shanks Collection

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Master to Master: The Nelson Shanks Collection
Auction: Thu 27 Jan 2022
Exhibition: - Wed 26 Jan 2022
Mon-Fri 10am-5pm

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Sotheby’s is honored to present the collection of Nelson Shanks (1937 – 2015), American realist painter and portraitist to international leaders and celebrities. In addition to his own work, Shanks was renowned for his collection of Old Master paintings, sculpture, drawings, furniture, and decorative arts, all of which are offered in this exceptional sale. Shanks established a studio, art school and home in Pennsylvania, where visitors to his collection admired the high quality and rarity of the works by the most important Italian baroque artists. Highlights from the sale include a monumental masterpiece by Neapolitan artist Mattia Preti, with provenance dating back to its commission, a rare mature work by Guido Cagnacci, and a magnificent Venus by Dosso Dossi, which was thought to be lost until Shanks recognized it and acquired it. Shanks delighted in researching new acquisitions, and indeed correctly identified several works sold anonymously at auction: in addition to the Dosso, he recognized the quality of the MolaScarsellino, and Del Cairo in this sale, which are all accepted as autograph works.

 

From Shanks’s own hand we are delighted to offer head studies for four commissioned portraits painted by Shanks of Princess DianaLuciano PavarottiRenée Fleming, and Presidents Reagan and Clinton. Shanks was beloved for his ability to capture the inner mood and personality of his sitters, whom he painted from life over many sittings, following painterly tradition dating back to the Renaissance. It is no surprise, given his love for both realist painting and life study and the art of seventeenth century Italy, that he named his own art school, Studio Incamminati, after the academy founded by the Carracci family in Bologna.

 

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Old Master Paintings

 

George Wachter

Chairman, N & S America

Co-Chairman, Old Master Paintings Worldwide

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Otto Naumann

Senior Vice President, Director of Client Development

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Senior Vice President, Head of Department

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David Pollack

Senior Vice President, Specialist

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Elisabeth Lobkowicz

Vice President, Specialist

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Molly Harrington

Senior Researcher

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Lily Bua

Sale Administrator

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Alison MacQueen

Executive Assistant

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European Sculpture and Works of Art

 

Margaret H. Schwartz

Senior Vice President, Co-Worldwide Head

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Emily Selter

Senior Manager and Researcher, European Works of Art

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Old Master Drawings

 

Alexander Faber

Vice President, Specialist

Old Master Drawings

+1 212 606 7552

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European Furniture

 

Dennis Harrington

Vice PresidentHead of Department

+1 212 606 7213

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all images © the gallery and the artist(s)


Selected Lots

  • A dog wearing a collar decorated with scallop shells

    Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola, called Parmigianino
    A dog wearing a collar decorated with scallop shells

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  • Madonna and Child

    Manner of Antonio Begarelli, Italian, second half 16th century
    Madonna and Child

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  • Relief of the Madonna and Child

    After Benedetto da Maiano, Italian, Florence, probably 16th century
    Relief of the Madonna and Child

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  • Candle-Bearing Angel

    Flemish, probably Brussels last quarter 15th century
    Candle-Bearing Angel

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  • Judith with the Head of Holofernes

    Ippolito Scarsella, called Scarsellino
    Judith with the Head of Holofernes

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  • The Holy Family with the Infant Saint John the Baptist

    Giovanni Lanfranco
    The Holy Family with the Infant Saint John the Baptist

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  • A woman, her hands clasped, looking down to the right

    Annibale Carracci
    A woman, her hands clasped, looking down to the right

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  • Sleeping Cupid

    Baldassare Francheschini, called Volterrano
    Sleeping Cupid

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  • An allegory of Vanity and Penitence

    Guido Cagnacci
    An allegory of Vanity and Penitence

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  • Diana, Princess of Wales

    Nelson Shanks
    Diana, Princess of Wales

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  • Luciano Pavarotti (A Sketch)

    Nelson Shanks
    Luciano Pavarotti (A Sketch)

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  • Ronald Reagan (A Sketch)

    Nelson Shanks
    Ronald Reagan (A Sketch)

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  • Renée Fleming (A Sketch)

    Nelson Shanks
    Renée Fleming (A Sketch)

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  • William Jefferson Clinton (A Sketch)

    Nelson Shanks
    William Jefferson Clinton (A Sketch)

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  • A sybil in a white turban

    Francesco del Cairo
    A sybil in a white turban

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  • The Denial of Saint Peter

    Genoese School, 17th Century
    The Denial of Saint Peter

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  • The Rest on the Flight to Egypt

    Giovanni Maria Morandi
    The Rest on the Flight to Egypt

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  • Bust of a Bishop Saint

    South German, Franconia, 16th century
    Bust of a Bishop Saint

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  • Saint Barbara

    South German, Swabia, last quarter 15th century
    Saint Barbara

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  • Pair of Italian Renaissance brass Pricket candlesticks Early 17th Century

    Pair of Italian Renaissance brass Pricket candlesticks Early 17th Century

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  • Pair of Italian baroque parcel-gilt walnut armchairs 17th century and later

    Pair of Italian baroque parcel-gilt walnut armchairs 17th century and later

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  • A matched pair of Italian Renaissance carved walnut one-door credenzas Late 16th Century and later

    A matched pair of Italian Renaissance carved walnut one-door credenzas Late 16th Century and later

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  • Italian Renaissance carved walnut refectory table Late 16th Century and Later

    Italian Renaissance carved walnut refectory table Late 16th Century and Later

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  • The Penitent Magdalene in meditation with two angels

    Bartolomeo Schedoni
    The Penitent Magdalene in meditation with two angels

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  • Head study of Saint Anthony of Padua

    Sir Anthony van Dyck
    Head study of Saint Anthony of Padua

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  • Venus and Cupid in a landscape

    Giovanni di Niccolò de Lutero, called Dosso Dossi
    Venus and Cupid in a landscape

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  • Portrait of a boy, head and shoulders, in a red doublet and white cap

    Pier Francesco Mola
    Portrait of a boy, head and shoulders, in a red doublet and white cap

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  • Three male martyr saints, including Saint Stephen

    Jacopo da Ponte, called Jacopo Bassano
    Three male martyr saints, including Saint Stephen

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  • Artist Palette, Artist's Easel, Easel Crank

    Artist Palette, Artist's Easel, Easel Crank

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  • Artist's Articulated Model, 20th century

    Artist's Articulated Model, 20th century

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  • Group of Four Plaster Artist's Models

    Group of Four Plaster Artist's Models

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  • Houdon and Coins

    Nelson Shanks
    Houdon and Coins

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  • Gramercy Studio

    Nelson Shanks
    Gramercy Studio

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  • The Adoration of the Magi

    Genoese School, 17th Century
    The Adoration of the Magi

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  • The Madonna and Child with St. Catherine of Siena

    Giovanni Battista Gaulli, called Baciccio
    The Madonna and Child with St. Catherine of Siena

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  • Busts of children

    Flemish, 18th century
    Busts of children

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  • Bacchus and Amphitrite

    After Louis Garnier and Francois Anguier Bacchus and Amphitrite
    Bacchus and Amphitrite

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  • Young Hercules Wrestling a Snake

    Italian, 18th century
    Young Hercules Wrestling a Snake

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  • Hercules Wielding his Club

    After Giambologna Probably Italian, late 18th/ 19th century
    Hercules Wielding his Club

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  • A bacchanal

    Sebastiano Ricci
    A bacchanal

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  • Zeuxis Painting Venus with the Maidens of Croton

    Francesco Solimena
    Zeuxis Painting Venus with the Maidens of Croton

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  • Joseph's bloodied clothes shown to Rachel and Jacob

    Alessandro Tiarini
    Joseph's bloodied clothes shown to Rachel and Jacob

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  • An Allegory of the Five Senses

    Carlo Cignani
    An Allegory of the Five Senses

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  • Saint John the Baptist Admonishing Herod

    Mattia Preti
    Saint John the Baptist Admonishing Herod

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  • Venus de' Medici

    French, 18th century, After the Antique
    Venus de' Medici

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  • Pair of Rearing Horses

    Italian, probably Venice, 18th Century Style
    Pair of Rearing Horses

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  • Saint Christopher carrying the Christ Child

    Bernardo Strozzi
    Saint Christopher carrying the Christ Child

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  • Portrait of a man, bust-length, in a ruff

    Annibale Carracci
    Portrait of a man, bust-length, in a ruff

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  • The vision of Saint Anthony of Padua

    Bernardo Cavallino
    The vision of Saint Anthony of Padua

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  • Lectern

    Spanish, 17th century
    Lectern

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  • Drug jar

    Italian, Venice, 17th century
    Drug jar

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  • Pair of Italian late Renaissance carved walnut sgabelli, Late 16th/Early 17th Century and Later

    Pair of Italian late Renaissance carved walnut sgabelli, Late 16th/Early 17th Century and Later

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  • Italian Renaissance style carved walnut small octagonal centre table probably 19th century, incorporating earlier elements

    Italian Renaissance style carved walnut small octagonal centre table probably 19th century, incorporating earlier elements

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