In November 2017 it became clear just how important a prior order had been.

On 1st July 2013 an email was received from a European client who was desperate to have a frame for their Salvator Mundi which they had referred to as being by the “circle of da Vinci” and which was going on exhibition in Rio on the 9th July 2013.

A range of computer image proposals were made, bearing in mind the extremely limited timescale of production and delivery to Europe in 4 days. The frame chosen was an Angel Cassetta which was built, carved, gessoed, gilded and toned in three days. The shop manager flew out with it under her arm to Frankfurt to hand it over at the airport for its onward journey to Rio.
The painting and frame were united and sent out to Rio arriving there on the 8th July, just in time for the exhibition which included masterpieces from the Vatican and Italian Museums.

Whilst the client had emphasized the importance of this work for their exhibition, it wasn’t until November 2017 that it became clear just how important this painting is as it was, in fact, an original da Vinci for which the attribution had been confirmed in 2011. It went on to set the record for the most valuable painting ever sold.


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