Fall Select Auction: October 15 (2004)

Early Paintings and Art

32. Portrait of Cardinal Ximenez de Cisneros, Spain, 1436-1517, oil on canvas, 24" x 19". (2,000-3,000)

Ximenez de Cisneros was imprisoned in the 1470s for six years over his disputed claim for a vacant benefice position. Upon release, he became a grand vicar, then resigned to become a Franciscan. In 1492 he was appointed confessor to Queen Isabella. In 1495 he was chosen as Archbishop of Toledo. As archbishop he continued to live the simple and humble life of a Franciscan, which was controversial. By 1507 he was both a cardinal and the Grand Inquisitor of Castile and Leon. His achievements were many, including the founding of the University of Alcalá and publication of the first Polyglot Bible. In 1509 he led King Ferdinand's troops against the Moors. He is honored as a saint in many parts of Spain.

33. Very early portrait of Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford, 1593-1641, oil on canvas, 30" x 24". (2,000-3,000)

Wentworth was the first Earl of Strafford, and very active in British politics. He became chief advisor for King Charles in 1639, but was beheaded in 1641 for suspicion of plotting against Charles.

6. Very early portrait of a young man, oil on canvas, 24" x 18½", Elizabethan school. (2,000-3,000)
126. Portrait of mother and child, oil on canvas, 34" x 28". (2,000-3,000)
83. Salome holding the head of John the Baptist, oil on canvas, 30" x 24", great carved frame (2,000-3,000)

Being painted as Salome in this scene was a popular style of portraiture, similar to being painted as Josephine Bonaparte.

107. Portrait of Reverend George Whitefield, English, 1714-1770, oil on canvas, 23" x 19½", name in script on back. (1,500-2,500)

Rev. Whitefield was the most famous evangelist of his time.

179. Portrait of gentleman in wig, 19th century, oil on canvas, 30" x 25" (2,000-3,000)
57. Portrait of an admiral holding spyglass, 19th century, oil on canvas, 20" x 17". (800-1,200)
125. Early portrait of Dutch scholar, oil on canvas, 13½" x 11", school of Rembrandt, great original frame. (800-1,200)
2. Early peasant interior scene, oil on panel, 8½" x 11½", beaded gilt frame. (800-1,200)
319. Lot of Two: Antiphonal manuscript page, c.15th century, two-sided frame; Illumination on vellum, c.15th century, two-sided frame, written in pencil 1440 France Limoges Missal. (200-300)