Lot 208
  • 208

Master of Teplice

Estimate
20,000 - 30,000 USD
Sold
18,750 USD
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Description

  • Master of Teplice
  • An apostle saint, possibly Saint Andrew
  • tempera on panel, gold ground, with a shaped top
  • 7 3/4  by 5 5/8  in.; 19.6 by 14.2 cm.

Catalogue Note

Mauro Minardi recognized this previously unknown Apostle Saint as the work of the Master of Teplice, who takes his name from a panel now in the Church of Santa Maria in the town of Duci, near Teplice in the Czech Republic.1  Miklòs Boskovits first coined the name, when adding to the artist’s oeuvre three panels, Saints Anthony, Nicholas and Catherine, offered at London, Christie’s in 2003.2  While very similar in form, the figures in the London panels are set further forward in the pictorial frame, and the shaped edge of the now absent framing element would have overlapped the halos which are outlined in red.  Furthermore, the London panels were published as pinnacles, while the horizontal grain of the present panel suggests it was a predella panel.  On this basis, Minardi proposes the panel formed a part of a different altarpiece by the artist, including two further Apostle predella panels in the Alana collection, New York, and a Christ, another Apostle and a Saint Peter, formerly Moratilla collection, Paris.3

We are grateful to Mauro Minardi for suggesting the attribution following firsthand inspection.

 

1.  Private written communication, dated 13 November 2014, on the basis of firsthand inspection; for the Teplice panel see O. Pujmanova, Arte rinascimentale italiana nelle collezioni ceche, Prague 1996, pp. 42-43.
2.  Anonymous sale, London, Christie’s, 10 December 2003, lot 105.
3.  The Alana panels will be published by Minardi in the forthcoming volume of the collection catalogue; the location of the Moratelli panels  is now unknown, listed in the Fondazione Zeri Fototeca archive as Master of the Pesaro Crucifixion, entry nos. 5233-5235.

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