Porcelain at Bonhams

Posted in Art Market by Editor on July 2, 2010

Press release from Bonhams:

A Naples, Real Fabbrica Ferdinandea cup and saucer Circa 1790-1800 Estimate: £3,500 - 4,500

The fantastic Procida Mirabelli di Lauro collection of Italian porcelain is to be auctioned at Bonhams, New Bond Street on Tuesday 6th July. This Italian single-owner collection, the most comprehensive of its type to ever come on to the market, is expected to fetch £300,000-500,000. Among the highlights of the sale are four plates from the Servizio del’Oca made for King Ferdinand IV’s private use, estimated to sell for £5,000 – £8,000, a rare Doccia perfume bottle, circa 1745-50, estimated to sell for £4,000 – £6,000 and a collection of Doccia snuffboxes, circa 1790, estimated to sell for £5,000 – £12,000. Also on offer are several documentary pieces from the Real Fabbrica Ferdinandea, amongst them a plate with a view of Virgil’s Temple, signed by Antonio Cioffi.

The collection comprises over 100 pieces and was assembled by Roberto Procida Mirabelli di Lauro from the early 1960s until his death in 2009. It includes highlights of Neapolitan porcelain of exceptional diversity and range of objects, from rare 16th century Venetian maiolica to precious late 18th century Doccia porcelain and French and Italian snuff boxes. Many of the pieces have been published in the standard literature on the subject. (more…)

Call for Essays: Rhetoric of Violence

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on July 2, 2010

The Rhetoric of Violence in the Early Modern Era
Special Issue of Cahiers Shakespeare en devenir-Shakespearean Afterlives

Abstracts due by 30 November 2010

We invite submissions for the 2011 issue of Cahiers Shakespeare en devenir-Shakespearean Afterlives. These might include essays (6000-7000 words including notes) for the issue proper, and review-essays (2-3000 words) or reviews of plays or exhibitions (1000-1500 words) for the issue’s supplement L’Oeil du spectateur.

The 2011 issue of the journal is dedicated to interdisciplinary and monodisciplinary approaches to the theme of violence against body and soul in literature and the arts, from the Renaissance to the Long Eighteenth Century. Focusing on the theme of the tormented body, this issue will offer a different insight on verbal and visual representations of violence in both theoretical and practical terms. It will concentrate on the analysis of how violence was presented to the early modern public and also on the iconoclastic consequences of both violence and its representations: “Of course violence at once shocked and repelled people by its brutality. But it also fascinated many because it so contradicted religious precepts and social norms” (Ruff, 2001: 28). Violence needs to be considered as a means of constraint, and as a form of political and aesthetic subversion and resistance to the excessive forms of regulation of which it was the instrument. We will consider papers on Shakespeare and/or his contemporaries (literature and performance studies), on early modern literature and the arts in England, Europe, The East and the New World, on the paragone of violence in Early Modern works of art, and on the representations of Renaissance violence and violent topics in subsequent eras. Targeted disciplines: English Literature, Comparative Literature, Theatre studies, Performance studies, Cinema studies, History of Ideas, History of Arts, Philology. Topics might include (non exclusive list): (more…)

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