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German, Upper Rhine, circa 1460-70
A POLYCHROME AND GILTWOOD RELIEF OF THE DORMITION OF THE VIRGIN
Estimate
15,00020,000
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28
German, Upper Rhine, circa 1460-70
A POLYCHROME AND GILTWOOD RELIEF OF THE DORMITION OF THE VIRGIN
Estimate
15,00020,000
JUMP TO LOT

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German, Upper Rhine, circa 1460-70
A POLYCHROME AND GILTWOOD RELIEF OF THE DORMITION OF THE VIRGIN
centred by the Virgin seated on a bier, a candle in her hand, the Apostles around her
115 by 90, 45¼ by 35½in.
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Catalogue Note

The treatment of the drapery with softened angular folds together with the pinched faces of the Virgin and the onlookers can be compared with work from the Upper Rhine towards the end of the third quarter of the fifteenth century. Compare in particular with the relief The Birth of Christ in the Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe, formerly from the Strassburg Kartause. Dating from circa 1460, the Kartause relief demonstrates the same naturalistic but naive impression as the present panel, with a similarly intricate and sophisticated composition which is more reminiscent of Middle Rhine and Lower Rhine wood sculpture. A further comparison of the soft angular folds and the distinctive facial features can be seen in the figure of the Mourning Virgin also in the Badisches Landesmuseum and dating to circa 1470.

RELATED LITERATURE
Spätgotik am Oberrhein, exh.cat. Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe, 1970, cat.no.6 and 13

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