Johann Paul Schor
Innsbruck 1615 – Rome 1674
Design for a Carriage Decoration: Hercules’ Labours
Pen and brown ink, brown and grey wash, over a black chalk under-drawing.
307 x 352 mm – 12 1/8 x 13 7/8 in.
Originally from Tyrol, Johann Paul Schor, who settled in Rome in 1640 and trained under Pietro da Cortona, executed numerous designs for decorations of carriages and harnesses. For the Chigi family, he took part in the decoration of Palazzo del Quirinale under Alexandre VII’s pontificate and renovated the luxurious Cappella della Madonna del Voto in the Siena cathedral after Bernini’s designs. He also designed carriages at the occasion of the triumphal entrance of Queen Christina of Sweden in Rome in 1655. Schor worked for many other prestigious families and made several decorations in the Vatican, Palazzo Borghese, and Palazzo Colonna.
He produced many preparatory sheets for ceremonial carriages. Some of them are in the London British Museum, New York Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, Florence Uffizi, Paris Musée des Arts décoratifs and in Windsor Castle.
Condition report – Very good condition.