Lot 108
  • 108

Circle of Paolo Veneziano

10,000 - 15,000 USD
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  • Paolo Veneziano
  • The Archangel Gabriel
  • tempera on panel, gold ground, a pinnacle of a polytych


The following condition report has been provided by Karen Thomas of Thomas Art Conservation LLC., 336 West 37th Street, Suite 830, New York, NY 10018, 212-564-4024, info@thomasartconservation.com, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's. This picture is in excellent condition where intact, although coated with extremely discolored varnish and dirt. The horizontally-grained wood support had at some point in the past split into two pieces and was been repaired, as evidenced by the horizontal crack visible on the front and back as well as the glue residue on the reverse. Losses to the gilding and ground, revealing the wood support, are found above the head, to the right of the raised hand, and around Gabriel's wing on the bottom left. Much of the paint layers appears to be in good condition — the face, hair and wings in particular look well preserved beneath the dirt and varnish — with extensive visible losses of the upper layers of paint in the red robe. Toning may have been applied across the robe to address the losses. Given the amount of disfiguring aged varnish, careful cleaning could significantly improve with appearance of the picture.
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Catalogue Note

This charming panel would once have formed part of a larger complex.  The angel of the Annunciation is a pinnacle which would have been placed atop one of the left-hand panels of a polyptych.  The corresponding panel on the right side would have been surmounted by a similar pinnacle depicting the Virgin receiving the annunciation.