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A CELEBRATION OF THE VIRGIN AND CHILD: SCULPTURE FROM A FLEMISH PRIVATE COLLECTION

German, Upper Rhine, or Eastern French, 15th century or later
VIRGIN AND CHILD
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A CELEBRATION OF THE VIRGIN AND CHILD: SCULPTURE FROM A FLEMISH PRIVATE COLLECTION

German, Upper Rhine, or Eastern French, 15th century or later
VIRGIN AND CHILD
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Details & Cataloguing

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German, Upper Rhine, or Eastern French, 15th century or later
VIRGIN AND CHILD
holding a banderole with an illegible inscription
stone, with traces of polychromy
93cm., 36 5/8 in.
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Provenance

Bresset collection, France, by 1972;
private collection, Belgium

Literature

J. Boccador, Statuaire Médiévale de Collection, Paris, 1972, vol. II, fig. 47

Catalogue Note

Depicting the rare subject of the Virgin nursing the Christ Child, this intriguing group was thought by Boccador (op. cit.) to be a late 14th-century work from the Upper Rhine region. Stylistically, an origin in the mid-15th century in the same region, or possibly in Eastern France, seems more likely. For the concentric folds of drapery, in particular, compare a stone Virgin and Child from Lorraine in the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum (Müller, op. cit., no. 114). The Virgin's almond-shaped eyes, small mouth, and wavy strands of hair relate to the work of the Strasburg master sculptor Niclaus Gerhaert van Leyden (see Roller, op. cit., cat. no. 3a). 

RELATED LITERATURE
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, pp. 125-127; S. Roller (ed.), Niclaus Gerhaert: Der Bildhauer des späten Mittelalters, exh. cat. Liebieghaus, Frankfurt a. Main and Musée de l'Œuvre Notre-Dame, Strasbourg, Petersberg, 2011, pp. 211-214

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