Wednesday 18 November 2015

The Rysbrack Statuettes of Rubens, van Dyck and du Quesnoy, Part 16, du Quesnoy at the National Museum Naples

The Marble bust of Francois du Quesnoy
sometimes Francois Duquennois.
In Italy known as il Fiamingo 
Marble bust of Francois du Quesnoy, called il Fiamingo.
Magnified Photographs from a scan of the Burlington Magazine Article.
5th October 1963.
In the de Ciccio Collection - Museo di Capodimonte, Naples, Italy which was bequeathed to the Museum by Commandatore Mario de Ciccio in memory of his brother Guiseppe and his son Francesco and put on display in 1959.
It was suggested by the author of the article, FJB Watson, that it would have been bought in London where de Ciccio purchased much of the majolica which forms the core of the collection.
Watson had spotted the bust at the Capodimonte Museum where it had remained anonymous until he had identified it. 
This bust was sold by Messrs Langford of the Piazza Covent Garden, Lot 65 on 20th April 1765 in the same sale as the terracotta bust of du Quesnoy (lot 43). The terracotta bust of Rubens was lot 44.
See Burlington Magazine Article.
For the terracotta of du Quesnoy now at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
see blog entry for 11, November 2015.
Close up photograph of The Bristol Museum Terracotta Statuette of Du Quesnoy

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