Lot 5
  • 5

Southern French, late 12th/ 13th century

8,000 - 12,000 GBP
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  • Virgin and Child, or Sedes Sapientiae

  • limestone
  • 128.5cm., 50 5/8 in.


Sotheby's London, 21 April 1988, lot 28

Catalogue Note

The Sedes Sapientiae (Throne of Wisdom) was at the centre of 12th- and 13th-century church liturgy. Few examples in stone survive and even fewer are this scale.  A smaller statue in the Louvre (inv. no. RF1677) from the Île-de-France repeats many of the motifs seen in the present group, including the elaborately decorated crown and the morse at the neck of the Virgin. The elongation of the figures, on the other hand, is typical of Southern French and Spanish Romanesque sculpture.

F. Baron (ed.), Sculpture française. I. Moyen âge, cat. Musée du Louvre, Paris, 1996, p. 70, no. RF 1677; J.R. Gaborit, La sculpture Romane, Paris, 2010, pp. 294-298