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Wednesday 6 28th February, 1951 PAINTINGS The Property of the A. W. M. Mensing Estate [SOLD BY ORDER OF THE EXECUTORS] Framed N. Froment. 23 THE PÉRUSSIS ALTARPIECE: A Triptych; in the centre the Empty Cross with two adoring Angels in Flight, in the wings St. John the Baptist and St. Francis presenting two members of the Pérussis family and two trees on which hang shields of the arms of Pérussis (az. 3 pears stalks upwards or) accompanied by helmet, torse and mantling, each helmet surmounted by putti bearing aloft a scroll with the Pérussis motto: Datum est de super. The Figures stand in a broad landscape with is continuous to the three panels and present in a view on Avignon and the Rhone; the top half of the panels is gold ground, on panel size overall, 55in. by 73in. [?]The family of Pérussis, who were prominent in public life in the neighbourhood of Avignon from the early 16th Century, were a branch of the well-known Peruzzi family of Florence. Guiliano, known as Julien Perussis, premier consul of Avignon in 1527 was apparently the son of Francesco Peruzzi, a political refugee from Florence on the establishment of the republic. The two members of the family depicted have not been definitively identified, but it seems likely that the one presented by St. Francis was Francesco. An 18th Century drawing of the altarpiece bears the inscription: Aloisius Rudolphi de Perussiis hanc tabellam fueri fecit Anno Domini MCCCCLXXX. Formerly in the Chartreuse de Bonpas near Avignon. From the Collection of Louis Fournier. From the Collection of Fred. Müller, Amsterdam. See: Pithon-Curt, Histoire de la Noblesse de Comté-Venaissin d'Avignon, Paris, 1743, p. 376 ff; Anselm VIII, 300, 302; Hozier X, art. de Lauris, 1. See: L-H. Labande, Gazette des Beaux Arts, February 1933, p. 99 ff. Reproduced p. 93 and p. 95. See: M. Marignane, Nicolas Froment, 1936, p. 68 ff. Reproduced p. 66 and p. 68. See: Grete Ring, A Century of French Painting, 1949, p. 227, no. 224. [See FRONTISPIECE] The Property of the Late Latymer [SOLD BY ORDER OF HIS EXECUTOR] D. VINCKEBOOMS. 24 A VILLAGE IN A WOOD ON THE BANKS OF A RIVER with many Figures and carts on the road, to the left a view into a mountain valley, a large castle on a hill, on panel 43 1/2in. by 62in. BRUEGHEL 25 A KERMESSE: a village scene with a multitude of figures dancing and merry-making 43in. by 55 1/2in.
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