Friday, February 5, 2010
Edward Burne-Jones - The Triumph of Love
The Triumph of Love, a painting on 4 canvases framed as one by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones (estimate: £400,000-600,000). Both works are offered from the non-core collection of Watts Gallery, Surrey, in order to raise money for the collection endowment fund at the Gallery to safeguard the future of its core collection. (June 2008)
The Triumph of Love is a painting on 4 canvases framed as one by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones Bart, ARA, RWS (1833-1898). Thought to be the only existing portion of the artist’s Troy Triptych, an ambitious project that was conceived in 1870 but never completed, it is expected to realize between £400,000 and £600,000. The panels show four allegorical groups representing Fortune with her wheel, Fame overthrowing Fortune, Oblivion conquering Fame, and Love subduing Oblivion. A study for the Troy Triptych in Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery suggest that the present 4 works were to have been situated below the pilasters and Corinthian columns which would have separated each of the Triptych’s panels.