Lot 141
  • 141

Circle of Tilman Riemenschneider (Heiligenstadt im Eichsfeld c. 1460 - 1531 Würzburg) Germany, Franconia, first quarter 16th century

50,000 - 80,000 USD
62,500 USD
bidding is closed


  • three reliefs of the twelve apostles
  • limewood
  • 13 by 45 1/4  in.; 33 by 115cm., 11 7/8  by 21 5/8  in.; 30 by 55cm., 11 7/8 by 21 5/8  in.; 30 by 55cm.
probably originally an antependium, on a pinewood back, now divided in three panels, the tracery frameworks later


Christie's London, 14 December 1999, lot 48

Catalogue Note

The solemn expressions and distinctive facial features, including the shape of the eyes accented by fine lines, the pursed lips and the pinched noses with long bridges, and the tightly curled locks of hair, recall the faces of the apostles from the Last Supper on the Altar of the Holy Blood in St. Jacobskircke, Rothenberg, 1499-1505 by the master sculptor Tilman Riemenschneider and his workshop (Kalden-Rosenfeld, op. cit., figs. 87 and 88).

I. Kalden-Rosenfeld, Tilman Riemenschneider und seine Werkstatt..., Königstein,2001
J. Chapuis, Tilman Riemenschneider: master sculptor of the late Middle Ages, exh. cat., National Gallery, Washington, New Haven, 2004