Lot 9
  • 9

German, Cologne, mid-14th century

15,000 - 25,000 GBP
bidding is closed


  • Virgin and Child enthroned
  • partially polychromed wood, on a silk lined wood base
  • German, Cologne, mid-14th century
with an old Sotheby's label to the underside printed and inscribed: SOTHEBY'S Lot No 53 Am 829


Sotheby's Amsterdam, 27 November 2001, lot 53

Catalogue Note

The present Madonna and Child can be related to various sculptures with the same composition in the Schnütgen Museum in Cologne and the Suermondt-Ludwig Museum in Aachen. One group in Aachen, once in the Moest collection, in particular shows the same characteristic pose. Both Madonnas wear a girdled dress with soft parallel folds that slightly accentuate the S-shape movement of the body. Another enthroned Madonna, published as being in the collection of the Bishop of Aachen and dated to circa 1330-1340 (op.cit. Grimme 1968), wears a similar high collared dress.

E.G. Grimme (ed.), 'Große Kunst aus tausend Jahren. Kirchenschätze aus dem Bistum Aachen', Aachener Kunstblätter, 1968, p. 65, no. 134, fig. 165; E.G. Grimme, Europäische Bildwerke vom Mittelalter zum Barock, Köln, 1977, p. 16, no. 9, fig. 8