Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Nonsuch

This lovely rendering of Henry VIII's Nonsuch Palace by Joris Hoefnagel is being auctioned by Christie's. Benjamin Peronnet of Christie’s says:
This is an exceptionally rare and exciting picture; not only is it one of the earliest British watercolours and a work of art of immense beauty, but it is also the most exact pictorial record of Henry VIII’s great commission, Nonsuch Palace. Henry’s determination to build the grandest of palaces was fuelled by his rivalry with Fran├žois I of France who was a great Renaissance patron of the arts and who built the palaces at Fontainebleu and Chambord. Nonsuch Palace stood for less than 150 years and there are only four contemporary depictions that are known to survive. Of these the watercolour to be offered at Christie’s is the earliest, and the only one to show a true impression of the ‘lost’ palace.
If I had two or three million, I'd be tempted.