343
343
German, Upper Rhine, late 15th century
RELIEF WITH THE ANNUNCIATION
Estimate
25,00040,000
LOT SOLD. 137,000 GBP
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343
German, Upper Rhine, late 15th century
RELIEF WITH THE ANNUNCIATION
Estimate
25,00040,000
LOT SOLD. 137,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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German, Upper Rhine, late 15th century
RELIEF WITH THE ANNUNCIATION

Catalogue Note

This beautiful relief compares closely with Upper Rhenish wood sculpture from the last quarter of the 15th century. The attractive round, symmetrical, faces with pointed chin and almond-shaped eyes, can be seen in works including the Birth of Christ attributed to Hans Kamensetzer (fl. 1471-1478) in the Rijksmuseum (inv. no. RBK 16985). Note, in particular, the enveloping drapery with cartaceous folds, which fan out across the ground. The Virgin’s twirling strands of hair are seen again in carvings such as the Mary Magdelen under the Cross, dating to circa 1470-80, in the Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe (inv. no. C 6453). Significantly, the present composition is known from a stucco relief in the Kunsthistorisches Museum (inv. no. 31), which has been dated to the last quarter of the 15th century (Spätgotikop. cit., p. 79, no. 4); the present relief thus appears to be the original model. Examples of Rhenish sculpture being reproduced in stucco include a relief with the Annunciation attributed to Hans Wydyz (fl. 1480-1510), in the Bargello (circa 1480-1490; inv. no. 1366C) of which there is a stucco cast in the musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon (inv. no. D-518). This relief is stylistically comparable to the present sculpture (though of a more mature style), compare the carving of the angel’s wings and the flowering plant in the Bargello prime version. Other stucco reliefs include the Birth of Christ, Strasbourg, circa 1470/80, in the Liebieghaus, Frankfurt (inv. no. 927), note also numerous wood reliefs with a comparable depth of field, such as the Birth of Christ, Upper Rhine, late 15th-century, in the Musée du Florival, Guebwiller (inv. no. 221).

RELATED LITERATURE
Spätgotik am Oberrheim. Meisterwerke der Plastik und des Kunsthandwerks 1450-1530, exh. cat. Karlsruher Schloss, Karlsruhe, 1970, pp. 79, 129-130, nos. 4, 66; S. Guillot de Suduiraut, Sculptures allemandes de la fin du Moyen Age dans les collections publiques françaises 1400-1530, musée du Louvre, Paris, pp. 109-111, no. 23; S. Roller, Niclaus Gerhaert. Der Bildhauer des späten Mittelalters, Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung, Frankfurt am Main, and musée de l’Oeuvre Notre-Dame, Strasbourg, 2012, pp. 320-321, no. 32

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