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School of Bruges, Early 16th Century
THE ADORATION OF THE SHEPHERDS
Estimate
50,00070,000
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School of Bruges, Early 16th Century
THE ADORATION OF THE SHEPHERDS
Estimate
50,00070,000
JUMP TO LOT

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School of Bruges, Early 16th Century
THE ADORATION OF THE SHEPHERDS

Provenance

With Paul Cassirer Gallery, Berlin, 1922;
Acquired by Raul Edwards Mac-Clure (1880-1927);
Thence by descent to his daughter Carmen Edwards de Ferrari (1916-1996);
Thence by descent to her nephew;
By whom sold, ("Property from a Private Collection"), London, Sotheby's, 7 July 2005, lot 110, for £70,000 (as School of Bruges, early 16th century);
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 27 April 2007, lot 14, for £34,000 (as School of Bruges, early 16th century);
Private collection, United Kingdom.

Literature

G. Marlier, Ambrosius Benson et la peinture à Bruges au temps de Charles-Quint, Damme 1957, p. 287, cat. no. 22 (as Ambrosius Benson and Studio).

Catalogue Note

The Adoration of the Shepherds is a slightly larger variant of the central panel of a triptych recorded by Marlier as being in the Town Hall in Segovia (see Literature, pp. 280-281, cat. no. 2, reproduced pl. LIV).  Like the present work, he attributes the Segovia panel to Benson and studio.  Unlike the Spanish panel, the present work is a nocturne, which allows the artist to use different sources of light, both heavenly and terrestrial, to engage the viewer and explain the divine nature of the event.  

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