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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE LATE GERARD LOMMEN

South Netherlandish, probably 16th century
THE MAGUS BALTHAZAR
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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE LATE GERARD LOMMEN

South Netherlandish, probably 16th century
THE MAGUS BALTHAZAR
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Details & Cataloguing

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South Netherlandish, probably 16th century
THE MAGUS BALTHAZAR
with an old paper label printed: 67096/6
gilt and polychromed walnut
183.5cm., 72¼in. overall.
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Provenance

The property of a lady, Christie's London, 7 July 1998, lot 91

Catalogue Note

The present figure is likely to stem from an ensemble arranged on pillars much like the Magi in the Church of St. Andrew in Ochsenfurt from the late 15th century and the Jesuit church in Constance from circa 1585 (see Pinder, op.cit., and Die Renaissance..., op.cit.).

Stylistically the figure presents a conundrum. The execution of the shoes and the general composition compare best to late Gothic carvings such as the Ochsenfurt Balthazar and another in the Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum in Aachen (inv. no. SK 276). However, the arabesques with which the drapery's borders are decorated suggest a later date.

RELATED LITERATURE
W. Pinder, Mittelalterliche Plastik Würzburgs, Würzburg, 1911, pl. LIV; Die Renaissance im deutschen Südwesten, exh. cat. Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, 1986, pp. 558-559, no. I 21

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