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Probably North Netherlandish or Lower Rhenish, early 16th century
RETABLE FOR PRIVATE DEVOTION WITH THE NATIVITY AND THE ANNUNCIATION TO THE SHEPHERDS
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 33,650 GBP
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32
Probably North Netherlandish or Lower Rhenish, early 16th century
RETABLE FOR PRIVATE DEVOTION WITH THE NATIVITY AND THE ANNUNCIATION TO THE SHEPHERDS
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 33,650 GBP
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Details & Cataloguing

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Probably North Netherlandish or Lower Rhenish, early 16th century
RETABLE FOR PRIVATE DEVOTION WITH THE NATIVITY AND THE ANNUNCIATION TO THE SHEPHERDS

with a label on the underside inscribed: Spitzer in typing, a COLL ERNEST BRUMMER label inscribed: 21 in red ink and a white label inscribed: 1084  in blue ink


boxwood
12.5cm., 4 7/8 in.
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Provenance

Spitzer collection, sold Paris, 1893, lot 2127;
Nicolas Landau, Paris;
from whom purchased by Ernest Brummer in 1953, sold Galerie Koller, Zürich, 16-19 October 1979, lot 137

Literature

La Collection Spitzer. Antiqueté Moyen Age - Renaissance, Paris/ London, 1891, III, p. 256, no. 5

Catalogue Note

This finely carved miniature house altar is centred by the Nativity with the Annunciation to the Shepherds above within an arched frame carved at the top with a coat of arms as yet unidentified; a seated cat in the background attends to its toilet. It can be stylistically and technically compared with a group of prayer beads, miniature tabernacles and triptychs which date to the early years of the 16th century. Formerly ascribed to an Antwerp school these are now suggested by Williamson to originate from Lower Rhine or North Netherlandish workshops based on the provenance or armorial identification of a number of those recorded.  In addition to this Williamson links elements of style and construction with North Netherlandish furniture and metalwork of the period. Conversely, the Nativity scene on the present lot was clearly inspired by the Nativity in the influential Grimani Breviary which was produced in Ghent or Bruges and is now in Venice's Library of San Marco.

RELATED LITERATURE:
P. Williamson, Netherlandish Sculpture 1450-1550, London, 2002, nos. 45-49

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