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Painter, Commercial artist, b. 1866 - d. 1946

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          • Saint Galgano
            May. 22, 2024

            Saint Galgano

            Est: $5,000 - $7,000

            Sold Without Reserve Icilio Federico Joni Siena 1866 - 1946 Saint Galgano tempera on panel panel: 12 ¼ by 6 ¼ in.; 31.1 by 15.9 cm. framed: 17 ¼ by 11 in.; 43.8 by 27.9 cm.

            Sotheby's
          • Icilio Federico Joni, attributed
            Mar. 21, 2024

            Icilio Federico Joni, attributed

            Est: €2,000 - €3,000

            Siena 1866-1946, 93x39 cm., "Madonna Assunta", panel with a gold background, framed

            Colasanti Casa d'Aste
          • Icilio Federico Joni, zugeschrieben Two Biccherna panels
            Mar. 20, 2024

            Icilio Federico Joni, zugeschrieben Two Biccherna panels

            Est: €1,500 - €2,000

            Icilio Federico Joni, zugeschrieben 1866 Siena - 1946 ebenda Two Biccherna panels The inscription on the back panel dated MDII (1502), and monogrammed "EP" in the large cartouche / "CP". Tempera and gold over pastiglia auf panel. Each 41 x 28 cm. Damaged. Framed (56 x 71 cm). Die Biccherna war eine der wichtigsten Finanzverwaltungen der Republik Siena. Der Name leitet sich vom Blachernen-Palast in Konstantinopel ab, Residenz der byzantinischen Kaiser und Wohnsitz der lateinischen Kaiser. Der Name Biccherna wurde auch für die mit religiösen und zivilen Szenen sowie Porträts bemalten Tafeln, mit denen die Kontobücher der Biccherna gebunden waren, verwendet. Nach dem Ende einer Mandatsperiode wurden die Unterlagen der jeweiligen Amtsperiode mit einem aufwendig gestalteten Holzumschlag versehen und zusammengebunden. Fast alle Tafeln der Biccherna werden im Staatsarchiv von Siena aufbewahrt. Für Icilio Federico Joni wären diese Tafeln der Biccherna auf Wunsch sicherlich zugänglich gewesen. Im Rahmen seiner Tätigkeit als Fälscher verließ dieser sich jedoch lieber auf seine blühende Phantasie als dass er sich an konkreten Vorbildern "abarbeitete". Joni ging bei einem Vergolder in die Lehre. 1878 erfolgte seine Aufnahme als Student in das Istituto dArte in Siena. Ein Schwerpunkt der damaligen Lehre lag bei den "Primitivi", den Meistern des italienischen Mittelalters. Der Markt für Kunstwerke aus dieser Zeit blühte und ab 1880 setzte Joni seine Fähigkeiten diesbezüglich ein. Anfangs noch als Restaurator, später aber als Hersteller von Werken im Stil der Alten Meister. Anfangs imitierte er noch kleinere Objekte wie z. B. Biccherna-Tafeln und Schmuckkästchen, später schuf er auch großformatige (oder auch kunstvoll fragmentierte) Tafelbilder. Federico Jonis Arbeiten wurden gut verkauft, selbst renommierte Kenner der Materie erkannten seine Fälschungen nicht. Allmählich trat neben die Anerkennung als sachkundiger Restaurator auch der Ruf eines äußerst fähigen Fälschers. Als man Federico Joni zum Superintendenten des Istituto dArte in Siena ernannte, erregte dies Staunen, denn mit diesem Amt war auch die Verantwortung über die dortige Sammlung Alter Meister verbunden ... Drei Jahre später musste Joni von diesem Amt zurücktreten. Später wurde er als Lehrer für Alte Malerei und Pastiglia-Dekoration wieder an das Istituto berufen. 1932 ließ Federico Joni selbst die "Bombe platzen": Er veröffentlichte seine Autobiographie "Le memorie di un pittore di quadri antichi" ("Erinnerungen eines Malers alter Bilder"). Diese Lebenserinnerungen schildern nicht ohne Ironie die Sieneser Gesellschaft seiner Zeit und sind voll von Anekdoten aus dem Leben und zu den Werken Jonis. Nach diesem druckgelegten "Outing" war es Joni möglich, seine Arbeiten weiterhin (und nun legal) zu verkaufen. Eine Besonderheit von Joni war, dass er seine Bilder mit einem Akronym signierte: "Paicap". Dieses steht für "Per andare in culo al Prossimo", eine Formulierung die hier nicht übersetzt werden soll. Dennoch fragt man sich, auf was oder wen sich dieser "deftige" Spruch bezieht: Sind die Adressaten am Ende die vermögenden, dennoch unwissenden Käufer der Fälschungen? Oder handelt es sich um eine ironische Aufforderung an Jonis kreatives "Ich" oder aber um einen Reflex auf bittere Erfahrungen, die Federico Joni in seinem Leben vielleicht mehr als andere seiner Zeitgenossen zu machen hatte?

            Neumeister
          • Madonna del Latte. Tempera su tavola a fondo oro di nei modi della pittura toscana trecentesca. Artista degli inizi del XX secolo prossimo a Icilio Federico Joni (Siena 1866-1946)
            Nov. 28, 2023

            Madonna del Latte. Tempera su tavola a fondo oro di nei modi della pittura toscana trecentesca. Artista degli inizi del XX secolo prossimo a Icilio Federico Joni (Siena 1866-1946)

            Est: €1,000 - €1,500

            Importante cornice architettonica in argento, pietre dure e paste vitree colorate. Manifattura europea (Portogallo?) del XX secolo cm 70x39 con cornice, dipinto cm 42x23

            Cambi Casa d'Aste
          • Icilio Federico Joni, Giudizio finale. 1899.
            May. 24, 2023

            Icilio Federico Joni, Giudizio finale. 1899.

            Est: €800 - €1,600

            Icilio Federico Joni, Giudizio finale. 1899. Acquerello e dorature su carta greve. Diametro mm 355. Iscritto "Jonis fecit in 1899" in penna e inchiostro di china in basso a destra. Al margine inferiore del verso del supporto titolato e iscritto nuovamente "Joni fecit". (1)

            Gonnelli Casa d'Aste
          • Italian binding.- Joni (Icilio Federico, born c. 1865), Attributed to. Richly gilt panelled wooden boards, upper cover depicting three coats of arms (one being that of Siena) and legend in Italian …
            Mar. 30, 2023

            Italian binding.- Joni (Icilio Federico, born c. 1865), Attributed to. Richly gilt panelled wooden boards, upper cover depicting three coats of arms (one being that of Siena) and legend in Italian …

            Est: £400 - £600

            Italian binding.- Joni (Icilio Federico, Sienese painter and restorer who produced imitations of wooden panel bindings, born c. 1865), Attributed to. Binding of richly gilt panelled wood, upper cover with central panel of three coats of arms (one being that of Siena), beneath which a legend in Italian relating to Guido Anselmi, notary of the Office of Gabella (tax office of the Biccherna of Siena), dated 1311, lower cover with central panel depicting the Archangel Michael, both panels within floral and foliage borders with metal corner-pieces, one or two very small chips to cover paint, lower board with repaired central break, inner boards lined in fabric, leather spine, 398 x 272 mm., dated 1311 [but probably late 19th century]. ⁂ For further discussion of Joni's activity producing imitation "tavolette della biccherna", see H.M. Nixon's 'Binding Forgeries', Transactions of the VIth International Congress of Bibliophiles, 1969, Vienna, 1971, pp. 69-83], and 'A Pair of Bookcovers of the late 19th Century by I.F. Joni,The Book Collector, 1985, pp. 488-489

            Forum Auctions - UK
          • Joni (Icilio Frederico, 1866-1946). Pair of painted & gilded panels imitating a 15th century binding
            Mar. 08, 2023

            Joni (Icilio Frederico, 1866-1946). Pair of painted & gilded panels imitating a 15th century binding

            Est: £700 - £1,000

            Joni (Icilio Frederico, 1866-1946). Pair of painted & gilded panels imitating a 15th century binding * Joni (Icilio Frederico, 1866-1946). A pair of 'tavolette' painted and gilded panels imitating a 15th century Sienese binding, two separate bevel-edged boards with remnants of leather spine attached to each, upper board depicting a youthful male saint wearing a green tunic and metal breastplate, standing on a black and white checkered floor within a relief niche, a halo around his head, and his hands resting on the hilt of a sword, within a relief sectional border of gilt scrolling foliate volutes on a black or burgundy ground, the centre of each side with a heraldic shield, lower board similarly relief panelled and with matching volute decoration, with large heraldic shield in centre surrounded by 6 smaller heraldic shields, some surface loss of paint and gesso, and boards splitting to lower edge, verso of boards each with circular painting, that to upper board depicting a profile head and shoulders portrait of an angel, with pounced halo, on a gilt ground, that to lower board depicting a head and shoulders portrait of a devotional female figure with downcast eyes, dressed in a red robe and white wimple, diameter of each 9 cm (3 1/2 ins), each framed by a thick card mount overlay, painted with gilt foliate volute decoration on a black ground to match exterior of boards, with large pin holes to margins, detached and worn, with some loss, 19 x 12.5 cm (7 1/2 x 5 ins), overall dimensions of boards 19.8 x 13.2 cm (7 3/4 x 5 1/4 ins) QTY: (2) NOTE: For a similar example see that housed in the Beinecke Library, Yale University (GEN MSS 1452). Known as the 'prince' of Sienese forgers, Icilio Joni began work in a gilding workshop in Siena as a young man. He went on to set up his own restoration business which led him into the world of forgeries, finding that the market for such items in 19th century Italy was flourishing. Like a number of his contemporaries he forged panel paintings, triptychs, and wooden caskets, passing them off as fifteenth or sixteenth century originals, but, more unusually, he also forged bookbindings. He had read of the distinctive and highly decorated tavolette book covers used by the city of Siena and started to produce his own, layering wooden panels with plaster and painting them with tempera and gold. Although his bindings were somewhat different from the originals - since he had never been to the Archivio di Stato to study the originals - he was able to sell his work through associates in Florence and Rome, and his success was so great that he later claimed in his autobiography that a director from the Archivio di Stato had been convinced by an example of his work and declared it beautiful. Eventually, in the pursuit of fame, Joni revealed the truth, but his workmanship was such that he still received commissions for these bindings, which continue to be sought after today. The painted heraldic shields depicted on the panels are largely spurious, but tend to copy or are similar to medieval examples such as Henry I Count of Vaudémont in Aspilogia II (d. 1279), Aschfeld of Sussex, the King of Cyprus, Lusignan, Count de la Marche, Seigneur de Valence, the King of Germany, King of Bohemia, King of Rome, and Jean de Barres, Seigneur d'Oissorey (c.1230-1289, French knight and crusader). Further descriptions of the heraldic shields can be supplied.

            Dominic Winter Auctions
          • JONI, ICILIO FEDERICO
            Sep. 23, 2022

            JONI, ICILIO FEDERICO

            Est: CHF1,500 - CHF2,500

            (1866 Siena 1946) Madonna mit Kind. Öl auf Holz. Unten links signiert. D 22 cm (Tondo).

            Schuler Auktionen
          • Icilio Federico Joni ( Attribuito a ) (Siena, 1866 - Siena, 1946) Ritratto di giovane in abiti quattrocenteschi e cappello rosso. Olio su tavola cm 33x25; con cornice cm 43x35
            Jul. 06, 2022

            Icilio Federico Joni ( Attribuito a ) (Siena, 1866 - Siena, 1946) Ritratto di giovane in abiti quattrocenteschi e cappello rosso. Olio su tavola cm 33x25; con cornice cm 43x35

            Est: €500 - €800

            Olio su tavola cm 33x25; con cornice cm 43x35 Targhetta in ottone sulla cornice dorata recante la dicitura " Piero di Cosimo 1441-1521".

            Gliubich Casa d'Aste
          • Icilio Federico JONI Sienne, 1866 - 1946 Reliure peinte dans le style des biccherne siennoises Huile et or sur panneaux préparés, un...
            Sep. 22, 2021

            Icilio Federico JONI Sienne, 1866 - 1946 Reliure peinte dans le style des biccherne siennoises Huile et or sur panneaux préparés, un...

            Est: €2,000 - €3,000

            Icilio Federico JONI Sienne, 1866 - 1946 Reliure peinte dans le style des biccherne siennoises Huile et or sur panneaux préparés, une bande en cuire reliant les deux panneaux, la partie de droite représentant un saint tenant une épée (Saint Georges?) et le plat de gauche orné de blasons et d'une inscription, une étiquette manuscrite annotée 'GV 14000' au dos Chaque plat : 38 x 27 cm (14,96 x 10,63 in.) (Quelques traces d'usure artificielles) Commentaire : C'est en s'inspirant des livres de comptes de la ville de Sienne, dont les couvertures étaient revêtues de prodigieuses reliures peintes, qu'Icilio Federico Joni réalisa nombre de ces objets. Ses imitations, dont le merveilleux exemple que nous présentons, étaient si bien executées que les plus grands collectionneurs du XXe siècle se firent duper. L'artiste se confessa à la fin de sa vie dans une autobiographie, rendant publique son importante activité de faussaire. Moins de quinze exemples de ce type d'œuvre sont aujourd'hui répertoriés. Estimation 2 000 - 3 000 €

            Artcurial
          • A pair of gilt panels in the manner of Icilio Federico Joni (Siena, 1866 – 1946),
            Apr. 22, 2021

            A pair of gilt panels in the manner of Icilio Federico Joni (Siena, 1866 – 1946),

            Est: £300 - £500

            A pair of gilt panels in the manner of Icilio Federico Joni (Siena, 1866 – 1946), the book covers imitating tavolette di Biccherna, one painted with a saint standing with a sword and the other with various armorials 38 x 28cm (sight size) Provenance: Cheffins, Cambridge, 24th November 2011, lot 641, where acquired by the present owner

            Cheffins
          • Einbanddeckelpaar des famosen Fälschers Icilio Federico Joni (1866-1946)
            Dec. 04, 2020

            Einbanddeckelpaar des famosen Fälschers Icilio Federico Joni (1866-1946)

            Est: €5,800 - €7,000

            40 x 61 cm. Die beiden leicht gewölbten, in Holz gefertigten Einbanddeckel ergeben eine Vorder- und eine Rückseite, verbunden durch altes braunes Lederband. Beide Buchdeckel teilvergoldet und punziert mit Arabeskenrahmungen, mit großen halbkugeligen Ecknägeln. Die Vorderseite zeigt ein Mittelbild mit einem Fahnenträger in höfischer Kleidung des 15. Jahrhunderts mit Nimbus. Auf der Rückseite, in zwei Feldern, insgesamt sechs italienische Wappenschilde, dazwischen die Zahl „[...]510“ (1510?). Deckelinnenseiten beklebt mit Blättern eines Pergamentantiphonars. Literatur: Nach Entdeckung der genialen Fälschertätigkeit des Federico Joni wurden etliche seiner Falsifikate publiziert in: Gianni Mazzoni und Mitarbeiter, Quadri antichi del Novecento, Siena 2001, S. 380/381, dort mit mehreren ähnlichen Beispielen unter den Abbildungsnummern 87-93. (12506460) (11)

            Hampel Fine Art Auctions
          • ICILIO FREDERICO JONI (ITALIAN 1866-1946) MADONNA AND CHILD ENTHRONED (AFTER HANS MEMLING)
            Nov. 18, 2020

            ICILIO FREDERICO JONI (ITALIAN 1866-1946) MADONNA AND CHILD ENTHRONED (AFTER HANS MEMLING)

            Est: £3,000 - £5,000

            ICILIO FREDERICO JONI (ITALIAN 1866-1946) MADONNA AND CHILD ENTHRONED (AFTER HANS MEMLING) oil on panel (44cm x 32cm (17.25in x 12.5in))

            Lyon & Turnbull
          • Icilio Federico Joni (Siena, 1866 – 1946) GESÙ BAMBINO <
            Nov. 26, 2019

            Icilio Federico Joni (Siena, 1866 – 1946) GESÙ BAMBINO <

            Est: €6,000 - €8,000

            Icilio Federico Joni (Siena, 1866 – 1946) GESÙ BAMBINO olio su tavola in cornice cuspidata, cm 23,5x15,5   JESUS CHILD oil on panel in a cuspidated frame, cm 23,5x15,5   La tavola frammentaria mostra il piccolo Gesù posto frontalmente, intento alla lettura del libro aperto retto dalla mano destra, evidentemente un rimando al Vangelo e al destino che egli sembra presagire, col suo sguardo triste e meditabondo. Il manto azzurro della Vergine, con un residuo di stella dorata, è visibile sul retro. Lungo il profilo inferiore è rimasto il dito indice della mano della Madonna che cingeva il corpo del pargolo, mentre sul lato destro si notano tracce di una leggera e trasparente fusciacca. Del retrostante schienale lapideo, forse pietra serena, restano le modanature della parte superiore oltre la quale, entro il nimbo punteggiato d'oro, s'intravede il verde di una verzura inframezzata da una margherita. Al di là dello stato residuale che rimanda a vicissitudini e maltrattamenti subiti dalla tavola originaria, di cui è dato intuire per cenni, sorprende come la superficie pittorica del frammento si presenti in sostanziale buono stato di conservazione. Il dipinto è ispirato, con piena evidenza allo stile di Domenico Ghirlandaio ed è certo modulato sulla celebre pala proveniente da San Marco già all'Accademia, conservata dal 1919 alla Galleria degli Uffizi, raffigurante la Madonna in trono con i Santi Dionisio Areopagita, Domenico, Clemente e Tommaso d'Aquino. Da qui sono derivati la testa e il torso del Bambino, anche se opportunamente variati, oltreché alterati, in specie alcuni tratti del volto, sulla base della Madonna col Bambino e san Girolamo di Fiorenzo di Lorenzo (1440 circa-1525) oggi al Museum of Fine Arts di Boston (inv. 20.431) proveniente dalla collezione Bachetoni di San Gemini, presente sul mercato italiano nel secondo decennio del XX secolo, prima dell'acquisto da parte degli antiquari Duveen nel 1917, di sicuro nota a Joni almeno attraverso riproduzioni fotografiche. I medesimi riferimenti stilistici sono presenti in un'altra opera di Joni – che ha subito un simile destino di riduzione a frammento –, già attribuita a Davide o Domenico Ghirlandaio, pervenuta in forma di tondo raffigurante la Madonna con il Bambino, al Trinity College di Hartford, in Connecticut (ex collezione Kress, K1147: acquistata nel 1938 da Alessandro Contini Bonacossi: cfr. F. R. Shapley, Paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection. Italian Schools XII-XV Century, London, Phaidon, 1966, pp. 126-127, fig. 341). Di questo dipinto esiste una foto, peraltro autografata da Icilio Federico Joni e proveniente dal suo archivio (vi si legge: «Ghirlandaio / F. Joni»), in cui il medesimo dipinto appare nella sua integrità all'uscita dallo studio del noto 'pittore di quadri antichi' senese. Grazie a questa riproduzione fotografica possiamo apprezzare la composizione originaria della pittura, realizzata presumibilmente intorno al 1915-20, raffigurante la Madonna in trono con il Bambino, san Giovannino, su sfondo di paesaggio (cfr. G. Mazzoni, Quadri antichi del Novecento, Vicenza, Neri Pozza, 2001, pp. 64-65, 401, figg. 137-138). Va da sé che la testa del Gesù Bambino con Libro qui presentata ha caratteristiche morfologiche così affini alla testa del Gesù Bambino oggi ad Hartford, da crederle realizzate entrambe a breve distanza di tempo e sulla base di un medesimo cartone. Con apprezzabile capacità di interpretazione critica e intuizione filologica il pittore attinge coerentemente a opere degli anni Ottanta del quindicesimo secolo innestando sulla matrice ghirlandaiesca stilemi di origine verrocchiesca – e non soltanto – ricavati dalla pittura di Fiorenzo di Lorenzo: la pelle grassoccia quasi traboccante di pieghe sotto al mento, la fronte alta, le sopracciglia lievi e nette, le labbra turgide e ben disegnate, il mento stondato, le gote scaldate da rossori leggeri e le penombre alonate di luce (parafraso E. Zappasodi, in Verrocchio il maestro di Leonardo, catalogo della mostra, a cura di F. Caglioti e A. De Marchi, Venezia, Marsilio, 2019, p. 182). Gianni Mazzoni  

            Pandolfini Casa d'Aste
          • Federico Joni. Legatura in pelle policroma su assi in legno.
            Dec. 09, 2018

            Federico Joni. Legatura in pelle policroma su assi in legno.

            Est: €2,500 - €2,800

            Federico Joni (1866-1946) Legatura in pelle policroma su assi in legno. XIX secolo Folio; Leg. p. pelle policroma su assi di legno, decorazioni in rilievoin oro ai piatti. Al piatto anteriore: Bassorilievo con scene religiose,Madonna in trono al centro con angeli e santi. Alpiatto posteriore: Stemmi nobiliari.

            Bado e Mart
          • ICILIO FEDERICO JONI (1866-1946) ITALIAN 'BICCHERNA' COVER, LATE 19TH/ EARLY 20TH CENTURY Each panel 29cm x 21cm
            Jul. 04, 2018

            ICILIO FEDERICO JONI (1866-1946) ITALIAN 'BICCHERNA' COVER, LATE 19TH/ EARLY 20TH CENTURY Each panel 29cm x 21cm

            Est: £600 - £800

            ICILIO FEDERICO JONI (1866-1946) ITALIAN 'BICCHERNA' COVER, LATE 19TH/ EARLY 20TH CENTURY gessoed, gilt and painted boards joined by a leather spine, depicting the Virgin Mary kneeling by a depiction of Siena, and holding a parchment inscribed 'HEC EST CIUTA MEA' ('This is my city'), above two rows of coats of arms and commemorative inscription with lists of names; the reverse with a Christogram and foliate scrolls Each panel 29cm x 21cm

            Lyon & Turnbull
          • BINDING FORGERY - JONI, Federico Icilio (1866-1946). Binding forgery. [Siena: late 19th-century]. Tempera and mineral paint on wood with tooled gilding. 20,5x29 cm each. Two wooden book covers in the style of so-called “Tavolette della Biccherna”, the elaborately decorated fourteenth-century covers of the medieval account books in the treasury of Siena. Joined by a leather spine (rubbed), front cover with the portrait of a lady in profile against a Tuscan landscape background (resembling the Florentine noblewoman Giovanna Tornabuoni, depicted by Domenico Ghirlandaio and others), the rear cover with a coat of arms reading “libertas”; punched decorations and four bosses on each cover (painting slightly faded, lacking one boss on rear cover; one panel laid down on later board). Joni was a notorious artist from Siena who specialised in producing imitations of ancient paintings (especially from the Sienese School) and of the “Biccherne”. He sold his copies as original to worldwide collectors, such as Bernard Berenson, later admitting to having produced them himself (Le Memorie di un Pittore di Quadri Antichi, 1932). Many pieces recently appeared at auction. References: M. Foot, A Pair of Book covers of the late 19th Century by I. F. Joni in: Studies in the History of Bookbinding, 1993, pp. 296-97. UNRECORDED.
            May. 31, 2017

            BINDING FORGERY - JONI, Federico Icilio (1866-1946). Binding forgery. [Siena: late 19th-century]. Tempera and mineral paint on wood with tooled gilding. 20,5x29 cm each. Two wooden book covers in the style of so-called “Tavolette della Biccherna”, the elaborately decorated fourteenth-century covers of the medieval account books in the treasury of Siena. Joined by a leather spine (rubbed), front cover with the portrait of a lady in profile against a Tuscan landscape background (resembling the Florentine noblewoman Giovanna Tornabuoni, depicted by Domenico Ghirlandaio and others), the rear cover with a coat of arms reading “libertas”; punched decorations and four bosses on each cover (painting slightly faded, lacking one boss on rear cover; one panel laid down on later board). Joni was a notorious artist from Siena who specialised in producing imitations of ancient paintings (especially from the Sienese School) and of the “Biccherne”. He sold his copies as original to worldwide collectors, such as Bernard Berenson, later admitting to having produced them himself (Le Memorie di un Pittore di Quadri Antichi, 1932). Many pieces recently appeared at auction. References: M. Foot, A Pair of Book covers of the late 19th Century by I. F. Joni in: Studies in the History of Bookbinding, 1993, pp. 296-97. UNRECORDED.

            Est: £1,000 - £1,500

            BINDING FORGERY - JONI, Federico Icilio (1866-1946). Binding forgery. [Siena: late 19th-century]. Tempera and mineral paint on wood with tooled gilding. 20,5x29 cm each. Two wooden book covers in the style of so-called “Tavolette della Biccherna”, the elaborately decorated fourteenth-century covers of the medieval account books in the treasury of Siena. Joined by a leather spine (rubbed), front cover with the portrait of a lady in profile against a Tuscan landscape background (resembling the Florentine noblewoman Giovanna Tornabuoni, depicted by Domenico Ghirlandaio and others), the rear cover with a coat of arms reading “libertas”; punched decorations and four bosses on each cover (painting slightly faded, lacking one boss on rear cover; one panel laid down on later board). Joni was a notorious artist from Siena who specialised in producing imitations of ancient paintings (especially from the Sienese School) and of the “Biccherne”. He sold his copies as original to worldwide collectors, such as Bernard Berenson, later admitting to having produced them himself (Le Memorie di un Pittore di Quadri Antichi, 1932). Many pieces recently appeared at auction. References: M. Foot, A Pair of Book covers of the late 19th Century by I. F. Joni in: Studies in the History of Bookbinding, 1993, pp. 296-97. UNRECORDED.

            Chiswick Auctions
          • [RELIURE] - JONI, Icilio Federico (vers 1865-1866) – Reliure peinte sur ais dans le style des biccherne de Sienne
            Mar. 11, 2017

            [RELIURE] - JONI, Icilio Federico (vers 1865-1866) – Reliure peinte sur ais dans le style des biccherne de Sienne

            Est: €1,200 - €1,800

            Sienne: fin du XIXe siècle. Deux panneaux (398 x 293 mm) réunis par un large dos de cuir et ornés d'une scène inspirée d'un détail de la fresque de Pinturicchio à Sienne, qui représente comment Piccolomini introduit Federico III à sa fiancée Eleonora. Au dos 13 blasons accompagnes d'un texte en italien, mentionnant la sacristie du Duomo de Sienne. Les angles sont ponctués de cabuchons en laiton. Quelques petits défauts, mais en bon état

            Auctions Van de Wiele
          • I. F. Joni, Book Cover 'Tavolette della biccherna', c. 1890
            Dec. 09, 2014

            I. F. Joni, Book Cover 'Tavolette della biccherna', c. 1890

            Est: €5,600 - €7,000

            Tempera and mineral paint on wood, hallmarked in gold Italy, Siena, around 1890 Icilio Federico Joni (1865-1946) - Italian painter Forgery of the original 'Tavolette della biccherna', around 1430 Magnificent, richly painted and embellished Gothic book cover Embossed and embellished in the style of the Sienese account books of the 15th century Dimensions: book cover 37.5 x 61.5 cm; book cover lid 37.5 x 28 cm Age-according very good condition References: M. Foot, A Pair of Bookcovers of the late 19th Century by I. F. Joni in: Studies in the History of Bookbinding, p. 296 The high art of undiscovered forgeries - Icilio Federico Joni sold his copies of the 'Tavolette della biccherna', the important wooden book covers of the account books of the tax authorities of Siena, worldwide to collectors over centuries. These belong to the most valuable book covers today. Object is regular taxed. 19% VAT is added to the purchase price for deliveries within the EU. This is an especially glorious and typical example of one of the most famous series of book cover forgeries, executed by the Sienese book cover artist Icilio Federico Joni. This is possibly a at the time undiscovered book cover forgery of a Sienese book cover. The Gothic book cover is magnificent, richly painted and embellished in the style of the Sienese account books of the 15th century with the use of the materials of the time. The front shows a detailed depiction of Saint Bridget of Sweden. On the back cover are several coat of arms depictions as well as hand-written lines of text. It was executed in tempera and mineral paint on wood and it is richly hallmarked in gold. The cover is framed by a floral border on blue ground. In every corner is a brass hump. The back cover possesses of a hook of a central clasp. Joni imitated the 'Tavolette della biccherna' in his works, the important wooden book covers of the Sienese account books. The tax authorities of Siena commissioned them between the mid-13th century and the late 17th century in elaborate form. They belong to the most valuable book covers today. Joni sold his book covers as originals of the 14th and 15th century worldwide to collectors over centuries. He confirmed that they were all forgeries and he was even as bold to sign some of the still existing originals in his autobiography that was published in 1932. He had achieved his aim in life to fool experts worldwide. Contrary to Joni's later published forgeries are here the via a leather spine connected covers. It is an extremely sent and as such even by experts indistinguishable forgery with excellent and carefully executed traces of age, like e.g. the missing clasp at the front cover, diverse abrasions, cracks and chips in the paint. Only a total of 18 of such book covers by Joni are verifiable worldwide. The design of this book cover is almost identical with the sample of the British Library. The book cover is in age-according very good condition with traces of age and wear that are intended by the artist. The book cover measures 37.5 x 61.5 cm, the book cover lid 37.5 x 28 cm and the total dimensions with the frame are 65 x 41 cm. (tm) Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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          • Icilio Federico Joni (1866-1946) Presepe
            Oct. 01, 2013

            Icilio Federico Joni (1866-1946) Presepe

            Est: €2,000 - €2,200

            Icilio Federico Joni (1866-1946) Presepe olio su tavola, cm 74x53

            Cambi Casa d'Aste
          • Icilio Federico Joni, 1866 - 1946, bekannt für seine Kopien bzw. Repliken früher Malerwerke
            Dec. 06, 2012

            Icilio Federico Joni, 1866 - 1946, bekannt für seine Kopien bzw. Repliken früher Malerwerke

            Est: €3,500 - €4,500

            Icilio Federico Joni, 1866 - 1946, bekannt für seine Kopien bzw. Repliken früher Malerwerke, MADONNA MIT DEM KIND Mischtechnik/ Öl und Goldfolie auf Holzplatte. 75 x 41,2 cm. Maria mit dem Kind vor Goldgrund thronend wiedergegeben, das Unterteil in Mosaikpaviment, der Nimbus punziert, die oberen Ecken abgeschrägt. (881622)

            Hampel Fine Art Auctions
          • JONI, Icilio Federico (1866-1946). Painted 'tavolette' book covers in Biccherna syle. [Siena: late 19th-century.] Each panel 232 x 166mm. Two wooden book covers joined by a leather spine, the front cover with a bust-length portrait of a male,
            Jun. 19, 2012

            JONI, Icilio Federico (1866-1946). Painted 'tavolette' book covers in Biccherna syle. [Siena: late 19th-century.] Each panel 232 x 166mm. Two wooden book covers joined by a leather spine, the front cover with a bust-length portrait of a male,

            Est: - £938

            JONI, Icilio Federico (1866-1946). Painted 'tavolette' book covers in Biccherna syle. [Siena: late 19th-century.] Each panel 232 x 166mm. Two wooden book covers joined by a leather spine, the front cover with a bust-length portrait of a male, the back cover with a female saint within shaped roundel, characteristic scroll-work borders and punched decoration, four bosses on each cover (missing fore-edge clasp, cracks on front cover, probably intentional, with small area of damage, lower part of leather spine missing). A Joni binding, by the self-professed forger, I.C. Joni, in imitation of the wooden panel bindings (Tavolette della biccherna) used to cover the accounts of Siena from the middle of the 13th to the end of the 17th centuries. Joni bindings entered undetected some of the greatest book collections, including those of Borghese, Hoe and Wilmerding, but he openly described his forgery work in his 1932 autobiography. Cf. H.M. Nixon, 'Binding Forgeries', Transactions of the VIth International Congress of Bibliophiles, 1969, Vienna: 1971, pp. 69-83; and M. Foot, 'A Pair of Bookcovers of the late 19th Century by I.F. Joni', The Book Collector, 1985, pp. 488-9.

            Christie's
          • [JONI (ICILIO FEDERICO)]
            May. 23, 2012

            [JONI (ICILIO FEDERICO)]

            Est: £600 - £800

            Portrait of Dante, forgery of a fifteenth century portrait showing Dante, as is traditional, holding a book with the opening words of the Divine Comedy, in the style of Joni's forgergies of the 'tavole della biccherna', on a panelled binding with gilt gesso scrolling borders, 4 bosses on each cover, leather spine with quite convincing tagetes, some wear, interior fitted with blank paper and modern textile, the portrait 255 x 155mm., the boards c.440 x 345mm., [Siena, c.1920-1930]

            Bonhams
          • A pair of gilt panels in the manner of Icilio Federico Joni (Siena, 1866 – 1946),
            Nov. 24, 2011

            A pair of gilt panels in the manner of Icilio Federico Joni (Siena, 1866 – 1946),

            Est: £500 - £1,000

            A pair of gilt panels in the manner of Icilio Federico Joni (Siena, 1866 – 1946), the book covers imitating tavolette di Biccherna, one painted with a saint standing with a sword and the other with various armorials, 38 x 28cm (15 x 11 in.), both framed

            Cheffins
          • Icilio Federico Joni Siena 1866-1946 , Madonna col il Bambino, San Girolamo e San Bernardino tempera su tavola, fondo oro tempera on panel, gold ground
            Nov. 06, 2007

            Icilio Federico Joni Siena 1866-1946 , Madonna col il Bambino, San Girolamo e San Bernardino tempera su tavola, fondo oro tempera on panel, gold ground

            Est: €3,000 - €5,000

            tempera su tavola, fondo oro tempera on panel, gold ground

            Sotheby's
          • JONI, Icilio Federico (né vers 1865/66) - Reliure peinte sur deux ais de bois, dans le style de
            Nov. 23, 2006

            JONI, Icilio Federico (né vers 1865/66) - Reliure peinte sur deux ais de bois, dans le style de

            Est: €3,000 - €4,000

            JONI, Icilio Federico (né vers 1865/66) - Reliure peinte sur deux ais de bois, dans le style de Biccherna. Sienne : fin du XIX e siècle. Chaque panneau ca. 387 x 282 mm. Ces panneaux sont réunis par un large dos en cuir, la partie de droite représentant saint Galgano enfonçant son épée dans la roche, la partie droite avec 6 blasons et un texte de huit lignes relatif au saint, le tout dans un riche décor de guirlandes sur fond noir, chaque plat avec quatre bosses métalliques, un fermoir (sur quatre), (usures et manques de peinture, certains certainement infligés exprès à l'époque). Icilio Federico Joni, peintre siennois, imita les reliures peintes dont étaient revêtus les livres de comptes de la ville de Sienne du XIII e au XVII e siècles. Ses reliures étaient si bien exécutées que même les grands collectionneurs, tels que Borghese, Hoe, et Wilmerding furent trompés et en possédèrent. Ce n'est qu'en 1934 que Joni avoua ouvertement, dans son autobiographie (Le Memorie di un pittore di Quadri Antichi, 1932), être l'auteur de ces fausses reliures peintes. On en connaît environ 14 exemples (voir aussi un exemplaire vendu dans nos salles à Londres, 2 juin 2004, lot 139). Voir M. Foot, A Pair of Bookcovers of the late 19th Century by I.F. Joni, The Bookcollector, 1985.

            Christie's
          • [JONI, Icilio Federico (b.1865/66), binder.] -- [CONTI, Sebastiano (1623-1696) & Giambattista
            Jun. 27, 2006

            [JONI, Icilio Federico (b.1865/66), binder.] -- [CONTI, Sebastiano (1623-1696) & Giambattista

            Est: $1,000 - $1,500

            [JONI, Icilio Federico (b.1865/66), binder.] -- [CONTI, Sebastiano (1623-1696) & Giambattista FERRARI (1584-1655)]. Fasti senenses. [Senis: Per Academiam Intronatorum, 1669]. 2 o (340 x 218 mm). Errata leaf. Two engraved plates by Guillaume Vallet, the first, after Raphael Vanni, showing the B.V.M. looking down with favor on an allegorical figure of Siena. the second, after Carlo Maratta, showing (under the title of this work) a woman watering the tree of the arts from which cherubs gather fruit. (Lacks frontispiece, some dampstaining.) Painted 'tavolette' book covers in Biccherna style, front side with portrait of St. Ansanus Anicius, patron Saint of Sienna, the back cover with 14 coats-of-arms of patricians and the title, both on gold grounds, 4 metal bosses on each side, probably by Icilio Federico Joni (sides rubbed, covers bowed, rebacked with leather). Provenance: purchased from Emil Offenbacher, 8 November 1961. Joni was a Sienese painter and restorer who produced imitations of the wooden panel bindings (tavolette della biccherna) used to cover the accounts of Siena from the middle of the 13th to the end of the 17th centuries. By his own admission, he never visited the city archives to inspect the originals, and his bindings are in fact anachronistic. From 1459 the accounts were bound in leather, yet Joni gave his bindings dates post-1459. While he sold a number of his imitations as medieval and Renaissance originals, he openly described his forgery work in his autobiography (Le Memorie di un pittore di Quadri Antichi, 1932, English trans. 1936). Joni bindings -- undetected -- have graced some of the greatest book collections, including those of Hoe and Wilmerding. Even recognised as imitations, they had great cachet, as the commission by Lady Wantage for a binding in 1904 demonstrates. At least 14 examples of Joni's work are recorded and more are in circulation. See H.M. Nixon, 'Binding Forgeries,' Transactions of the VIth International Congress of Bibliophiles, 1969, Vienna, 1971, pp. 69-83; and M. Foot, 'A Pair of Bookcovers of the late 19th Century by I.F. Joni, The Book Collector, 1985, pp. 488-489. The Fasti Senenses, compiled by two Jesuits, Sebastiano Conti and Giambattista Ferrari, is a collection of biographies of the Sienese saints, blesseds, and servants of God, arranged chronologically according to their feast days on the local calendar. Entries range from St. Ansanus (depicted on the front cover of the binding), a martyr under Diocletian and patron of Siena, to a South American martyr, Horatio de Vecchi, S.J., and include the most famous of Sienese saints, St. Catherine. DeBacker-Sommervogel II:1390-91 & III:678.

            Christie's
          • JONI, Icilio Federico (b. 1865/6) -- Painted 'tavolette' book covers in Biccherna style.
            Jun. 07, 2006

            JONI, Icilio Federico (b. 1865/6) -- Painted 'tavolette' book covers in Biccherna style.

            Est: £1,800 - £2,500

            JONI, Icilio Federico (b. 1865/6) -- Painted 'tavolette' book covers in Biccherna style. [Siena: late 19th century]. Each panel 387 x 283mm. Two wooden book covers joined by a leather spine, the front panel with 7 coat-of-arms and 8 lines of text, rear panel depicting the Archangel St. Michael carrying scales to weigh the souls of the dead on Judgement Day and triumphing over Satan, characteristic scroll-work borders and punched decoration to both covers, four bosses and 2 catchpieces on each panel (rubbed and scuffed, some cracking, most of which is almost certainly intentional.) AN EXAMPLE OF THE WORK OF THE SELF-PROFESSED FORGER, ICILIO FEDERICO JONI. Joni was a Sienese painter and restorer who produced imitations of the wooden panel bindings (tavolette della biccherna) used to cover the accounts of Siena from the middle of the 13th to the end of the 17th centuries. While he sold a number of his imitations as medieval and Renaissance originals, he openly described his forgery work in his autobiography (Le Memorie di un pittore di Quadri Antichi, 1932, English trans. 1936). Joni bindings -- undetected -- have graced some of the greatest book collections, including those of Borghese, Hoe, and Wilmerding. Even recognised as imitations, they had great caché, as the commission by Lady Wantage for a binding in 1904 demonstrates. More than 14 examples of Joni's work are known. Somewhat curiously, the present binding is almost identical to one in the British Library (illustrated in Foot, op.cit.), where the Archangel St. Michael is on the front, not back, cover, and the shields bear different arms. See H.M. Nixon, 'Binding Forgeries,' Transactions of the VIth International Congress of Bibliophiles, 1969, Vienna: 1971, pp.69-83; and M. Foot, 'A Pair of Bookcovers of the late 19th Century by I.F. Joni, The Book Collector, 1985, pp.488-89.

            Christie's
          • JONI, Icilio Federico (b. 1865/6) -- Painted 'tavolette' book covers in Biccherna style.
            Jul. 07, 2004

            JONI, Icilio Federico (b. 1865/6) -- Painted 'tavolette' book covers in Biccherna style.

            Est: £3,000 - £5,000

            JONI, Icilio Federico (b. 1865/6) -- Painted 'tavolette' book covers in Biccherna style. [Siena: late 19th century]. Each panel 385 x 285mm. Two rounded wooden book covers joined by a leather spine, the front panel depicting full-length a saint [?St. Ansanus - see below], rear panel with 10 coats-of-arms and 12 lines of text naming 4 tax officials [Matteo Venturino, Nicola-Batista Oldobrandi, Iovani Di Bartolomeo, Alosio Ceretani] and dated 1450, characteristic scroll-work borders to both covers, 4 metal bosses and 2 catchplates on each panel, converse sides painted red-brown as usual (upper cover chipped and cracked, stabilized on verso, some losses of paint, leather torn at head and foot, some imperfections undoubtedly intentional.) Side-opening plexiglass case. PROVENANCE: [Chevalier Xavier de Ghellinck Vaernewyck, 15 December 1982]. A FINE EXAMPLE OF THE WORK OF THE SELF-PROFESSED FORGER, ICILIO FEDERICO JONI. The saint depicted on the front panel with no attributes but a sword may be St. Ansanus, apostle and patron saint of Siena whose relics are in the Duomo. Joni was a Sienese painter and restorer who produced imitations of the wooden panel bindings (tavolette della biccherna) used to cover the accounts of Siena from the middle of the 13th to the end of the 17th centuries. By his own admission, he never visited the city archives to inspect the originals, and his bindings are in fact anachronistic. From 1459 the accounts were bound in leather, yet Joni gave his bindings dates post-1459; the present example dated 1450 is an exception. While he sold a number of his imitations as medieval and Renaissance originals, he openly described his forgery work in his autobiography (Le Memorie di un pittore di Quadri Antichi, 1932, English trans. 1936). Joni bindings -- undetected -- have graced some of the greatest book collections, including those of Hoe and Wilmerding. Even recognised as imitations, they had great cachet, as the commission by Lady Wantage for a binding in 1904 demonstrates. At least 14 examples of Joni's work are recorded and more are in circulation. See H.M. Nixon, 'Binding Forgeries,' Transactions of the VIth International Congress of Bibliophiles, 1969, Vienna, 1971, pp. 69-83; and M. Foot, 'A Pair of Bookcovers of the late 19th Century by I.F. Joni, The Book Collector, 1985, pp. 488-489.

            Christie's
          • JONI, Icilio Federico (b. 1865/6) -- Painted 'tavolette' book covers in Biccherna style.
            Jun. 02, 2004

            JONI, Icilio Federico (b. 1865/6) -- Painted 'tavolette' book covers in Biccherna style.

            Est: £2,500 - £3,500

            JONI, Icilio Federico (b. 1865/6) -- Painted 'tavolette' book covers in Biccherna style. [Siena: late 19th century]. Each panel 387 x 283mm. Two wooden book covers joined by a leather spine, the front panel with 7 coat-of-arms and 8-lines of text, rear panel depicting the Archangel St. Michael carrying scales to weigh the souls of the dead on Judgement Day and triumphing over Satan, characteristic scroll-work borders and punched decoration to both covers, four bosses and 2 catchpieces on each panel (rubbed and scuffed, some cracking, most of which is almost certainly intentional.) AN EXAMPLE OF THE WORK OF THE SELF-PROFESSED FORGER, ICILIO FEDERICO JONI. Joni was a Sienese painter and restorer who produced imitations of the wooden panel bindings (tavolette della biccherna) used to cover the accounts of Siena from the middle of the 13th to the end of the 17th centuries. While he sold a number of his imitations as medieval and Renaissance originals, he openly described his forgery work in his autobiography (Le Memorie di un pittore di Quadri Antichi, 1932, English trans. 1936). Joni bindings -- undetected -- have graced some of the greatest book collections, including those of Borghese, Hoe, and Wilmerding. Even recognised as imitations, they had great caché, as the commission by Lady Wantage for a binding in 1904 demonstrates. More than 14 examples of Joni's work are known. Somewhat curiously, the present binding is almost identical to one in the British Library (illustrated in Foot, op.cit.), where the Archangel St. Michael is on the front, not back, cover, and the shields bear different arms. See H.M. Nixon, 'Binding Forgeries,' Transactions of the VIth International Congress of Bibliophiles, 1969, Vienna: 1971, pp.69-83; and M. Foot, 'A Pair of Bookcovers of the late 19th Century by I.F. Joni, The Book Collector, 1985, pp.488-89.

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