Lot 411
  • 411

Circle of Niclaus Gerhaert (circa 1420 – 1473) French, possibly Alsace, second half 15th century

20,000 - 30,000 USD
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  • head of Saint Paul
  • sandstone, traces of polychromy
  • height 10 1/4  in., 26 cm., on later wood base


Collection Jacqueline Boccador, Paris

Catalogue Note

Niclaus Gerhaert was probably the most influential northern European sculptor of the 15th century. His skill in rendering naturalistic details, particularly in his faces, was deeply rooted in the art of his native land, Holland, and informed sculptors like Veit Stoss and Tilman Riemenschneider.

The carving of the present head resembles some of the few surviving stone sculptures by Gerhaert in the realistic treatment of the furrowed brow, the hollowed and high cheekbones and the lines around the eyes. From 1462-1467, Gerhaert worked in Strasbourg where he carved the Head of a Man with Turban for the portal in the Great door of the Strasbourg Chancellery (op.cit., no. 2a, p. 206) which provides notable points of comparison with the present head.

Niclaus Gerhaert: der Bildhauer des Späten Mittelalters, exhibition catalogue, Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung, Frankfurt am Main, 27 October 2011- 4 March 2012 and Musée de l'Œuvre Notre-Dame, Straßburg, 30 March -8 July 2012