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PROPERTY FROM A PERSIAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

The Master of the Female Half-lengths
THE MAGDALENE, HALF-LENGTH, HOLDING A JAR OF UNGUENT
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 87,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
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PROPERTY FROM A PERSIAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

The Master of the Female Half-lengths
THE MAGDALENE, HALF-LENGTH, HOLDING A JAR OF UNGUENT
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 87,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Old Masters Evening Sale

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The Master of the Female Half-lengths
ACTIVE IN ANTWERP DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THE 16TH CENTURY
THE MAGDALENE, HALF-LENGTH, HOLDING A JAR OF UNGUENT

Provenance

Arthur de Heuvel, Brussels;

Acquired from the above by Comte Eric de Villegas de Clercamp in 1961 or 1962;

His posthumous sale ('Property from the Estate of Comte Eric de Villegas de Clercamp’), London, Sotheby’s, 11 December 2003, lot 6, where acquired by the present owner.

Catalogue Note

The master, who ran one of the most prolific workshops of the northern Renaissance, derives his name from the series of works depicting half-length female figures behind a writing desk, reading, or playing a musical instrument, that he painted in Antwerp, but which were inspired by the art of Bruges, during the second and third decades of the 1500s. Here the figure lifts the lid of an unguent jar that identifies her as Mary Magdalene, the most prominent of Christ’s female followers. Her magnificent, richly ornamented clothing and headdress are typical of sixteenth-century courtly dress. The pristine condition of the paint surface preserves each of the finest details, every strand of hair and thread of gold, of this mysterious Mary Magdalene. 

Of the several different variants of this subject treated by the Master of the Female Half-lengths, this picture most closely resembles that in the collection of the Fürsten zu Salm-Salm at Anholt.1 However, the Magdalene's headdress is more elaborate in the present picture, and the details of the lower half of her torso are quite different.

1. See M.J. Friedlander, Early Netherlandish Painting, vol. XII, Leiden 1975, p. 98, no. 83, reproduced pl. 41.

Old Masters Evening Sale

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