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Southern German, probably Nuremberg, circa 1480-1500
VIRGIN AND CHILD
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 50,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
23
Southern German, probably Nuremberg, circa 1480-1500
VIRGIN AND CHILD
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 50,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Old Master Sculpture and Works of Art Including Highlights from the Reinhold Hofstätter Collection

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Southern German, probably Nuremberg, circa 1480-1500
VIRGIN AND CHILD

Provenance

Dorotheum, Vienna, 30 September 2003, lot 75;
private collection, Belgium

Catalogue Note

This finely carved group of the Virgin and Child exudes an air of graceful serenity. The scheme of the Virgin's restrained drapery finds its closest parallel in a Middle Franconian Female Saint of around 1490 now in the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich (Müller, op. cit.), where the motif of the rectangular central fold is repeated. Combined with a striking similarity to a Virgin and Child from the Middle Franconian town of Egersheim (Germanisches Nationalmuseum, inv. no. Pl. O. 118), this indicates an origin of the present group in or around Nuremberg. The charming roundness of the Virgin's face, with a hint of a smile on her delicate lips, and her elegant long tresses are reminiscent of figures by masters from Ulm, such as Michel Erhart and Niklaus Weckmann. Notably the Christ Child's wide-eyed, cheerful expression and exaggerated ringlets of hair are also seen in the Christ at the centre of Michel Erharts altarpiece in Blaubeuren. Such stylistic correspondences are indicative of the Swabian influence on Franconian sculpture in the late 15th century. Compare also a Saint Catherine in Dijon, who shares Franconian as well as Swabian features (Guillot, op. cit., no. 45). 

RELATED LITERATURE
W. Josephi, Die Werke Plastischer Kunst, cat. Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, 1910, no. 309; T. Müller, Die Bildwerke in Holz, Ton und Stein von der Mitte des XV. bis gegen Mitte des XVI. Jahrhunderts, cat. Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich, 1959, no. 176; S. Guillot de Suduiraut (ed.), Sculptures allemandes de la fin du Moyen Age dans les collections publiques français: 1400-1530, exh. cat. musée du Louvre, Paris, 1991

Old Master Sculpture and Works of Art Including Highlights from the Reinhold Hofstätter Collection

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