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Johann Andreas Thelot
A Triumph

$23,000

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Johann Andreas Thelot (Augsburg, 1655 – 1734) A Triumph Signed, lower right: I • A • THELOT Silver plaquette, oval 3 ¼ x 2 ¼ inches (8.3 x 5.7 cm) Provenance: Albert Figdor, Vienna; his sale, Vienna-Berlin, Artaria-Glückselig, Cassirer, 11–13 June 1930, lot 452, as “Augsburg, von J. A. Thelot” Mathias Komor, New York, 1978; where acquired by: Private Collection, Minneapolis Johann Andreas Thelot was the most prominent member of a family of Huguenot artists from Dijon, active in Augsburg from 1585 on. While he is also known as a draughtsman and engraver, Thelot’s fame lies in his extraordinary works in silver, which has caused him to be called the “German Cellini.” He was the son and student of Israel Thelot, a master in the Augsburg guild of goldsmiths. Johann himself became a master goldsmith in Augsburg following several years spent in Italy—a sojourn attested to by his relief panel Majestas and Amor of 1687 inscribed “Roma” in Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Thelot’s works in silver include various vessels, such as the Deckel-Portal goblet of 1689 in the Städtische Kunstsammlungen, Augsburg; clocks, including the casework for a clock by Franz Xavier Gegenreiner in the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and plaquettes, for example, The Baptism of Christ in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and Cyrus Freeing the Jews in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Fig. 1). Such plaques and plaquettes may have been made as independent works of art or were intended to be incorporated into larger ensembles, furniture, or luxury objects with putative utilitarian purposes. The present work has traditionally been thought to represent Apollo in his chariot, but several details in the representation are unusual. First, the chariot is drawn by two lions with their reins held by a putto, whereas Apollo’s chariot is most often depicted as being drawn across the sky by horses—customarily, four, a quadriga—with Apollo in full control. And while the figure of Apollo does appear in traditional fashion—with a band across his bare chest holding a quiver, a lyre held on his knee with his right hand—he is rarely shown as he is here with wings. These details are so explicit as to suggest that another theme is here represented—most likely a triumph of a concept or virtue, such as Fame. Thelot’s magnificent craftsmanship combines both two-dimensional description and three-dimensional modeling, utilizing high relief and chasing to create a unified space in miniature. To make such a work, the design would have been pricked out on the surface of a flat sheet of silver, then the sheet turned over and the basic pattern hammered from the back. Then fine detail would be carried out from the front, employing a variety of punches and hammers. Our plaquette comes from the celebrated collection of the Viennese banker Albert Figdor (1843–1927), whose unparalleled collection of sculpture and decorative art was sold at auction in 1930. There is a printed label on the verso from Figdor’s collection sale (“Sammlung Figdor / I. Auktion Wien” and inscribed with lot number 452), and a second fragmentary label, (“F. 25[…]”). The plaquette is presented together with its Figdor Collection box, which is blindstamped “Silberplaquette von Thelot.”

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  • Creator
    Johann Andreas Thelot (1655 - 1734)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 3.25 in. (8.26 cm)Width: 2.25 in. (5.72 cm)
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  • Gallery Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1026198512

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