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Title Salome Dancing before Herod
Collection Victoria and Albert Museum
Artist Platzer, Johann Georg (Austrian painter, 17041761)
Date Earliest about 1735
Date Latest about 1744
Signed yes
Description Herod's palace is an extravagant neoclassical confection; Platzer's depiction of the biblical story is strongly influenced by seventeenth century Flemish painting as well as the rococo style of Platzer's French contemporary Francois Boucher (1703-70). Born at St Michael, Eppan in the Tyrol, Platzer was a pupil of his stepfather Jos. Anton Kessler at Innsbruck and of his uncle Johann Christoph Platzer in Passau. From 1728, when he entered the Vienna Academy, he worked mainly in Vienna. He painted genre, historical and mythological subjects, influenced by the Antwerp school of the seventeenth century, in particular the Francken family and Jan Brueghel.
Current Accession Number 483-1882
Inscription front lr (in monogram on musical instrument) 'JGP'
Subject religion (Salome; Herod); figure; buildings and gardens
Measurements 40.3 x 62.0 cm
Material oil on metal (copper)
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by John Jones, 1882
Provenance Early nineteenth century, Henry Chawner of Alton, Hants., collection sold Christie's, 12 June 1869, lot 110, bought Smith; John Jones: bequeathed to the Museum in 1882.
Publications Kauffmann, C.M., Catalogue of Foreign Paintings, I. Before 1800, London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1973, p. 222-223, cat. no. 275.

This is one of a pair with St John the Baptist preaching in the wilderness (484-1882). Another version by Platzer, with a similar composition, formerly in the collection of Mdme Selge, is dated 1740.

John Jones (1800-1882) was first in business as a tailor and army clothier in London 1825, and opened a branch in Dublin 1840. He often visited Ireland, travelled to Europe and particularly France. He retired in 1850, but retained an interest in his firm, living quietly at 95 Piccadilly from 1865 to his death in January 1882. After the Marquess of Hertford and his son Sir Richard Wallace, Jones was the principal collector in Britain of French eighteenth century fine and decorative arts. Jones bequeathed an important collection of French eighteenth century furniture and porcelain to the V&A, and among the British watercolours and oil paintings he bequeathed to the V&A are subjects which reflect his interest in France. See Parkinson, Ronald, Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 1990. p.xix-xx; South Kensington Museum Art Handbooks. The Jones Collection. With Portrait and Woodcuts, London 1884.

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Author Ana Debenedetti



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