JACOPO DEL SELLAIO | MADONNA AND CHILD WITH AN ADORING ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST, ATTENDED BY A MALE SAINT, BEFORE A LANDSCAPE, A TONDO
Estimate: 100,000 - 150,000 USD
Property from an Important Private Collection
JACOPO DEL SELLAIO
(Florence circa 1441 - 1493)
MADONNA AND CHILD WITH AN ADORING ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST, ATTENDED BY A MALE SAINT, BEFORE A LANDSCAPE, A TONDO
tempera and oil on panel
34 in.; 86.4 cm. diameter
The following condition report has been provided by Simon Parkes of Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc. 502 East 74th St. New York, NY 212-734-3920, email@example.com, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.
This work has not been recently restored, but it is in very good condition overall. The heavy panel shows no reinforcements on the reverse. The surface of the panel is flat, and shows a mostly stable paint layer. There is a loss and unstable filling in the lower left in the shelf on which the Child stands. There are a few isolated wormholes in the surface in the hands of Saint John and in the arm of the Madonna on the right, which do not seem to be active. There is a diagonal crack above the head of Saint John.
The paint layer is visibly dirty. There are small discolored retouches beneath an old varnish in the faces and flesh tones. Other spots of retouching are visible here and there under ultraviolet light. It is doubtful that any of these address significant issues, and it seems unlikely that restorations of any note would be revealed if the picture were carefully cleaned.
It is recommended that the work be cleaned, and the discolored retouches be removed and accurately replaced where necessary.
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With Galerias La Granja, Mexico City;
Where acquired by a private collector in 1947;
Thence by descent to the present owner.
Jacopo da Sellaio, sometimes known as Jacopo di Arcangelo, trained with Fra Filippo Lippi alongside Sandro Botticelli, whose style would influence the development of Sellaio's art. His major religious commissions include paintings for the churches of San Lucia dei Magnoli and San Frediano, both in Florence. The latter commission included a now-lost Pieta (formerly Kaiser Friedrich Museum, Berlin), first mentioned in documents in 1483 and finished posthumously by Jacopo's son Arcangelo, and the Crucifixion with St. Lawrence, dated to 1490.
This tondo likely dates to the same period as the San Frediano paintings, which were the last major commissions Sellaio completed. The figure of the Virgin in the present lot resembles the figures of St. Catherine of Alexandria and Mary Magdalene in the San Frediano Crucifixion, and like all of Sellaio's known works the present Virgin has an elegant, elongated figure with expressive hands.