ATTRIBUTED TO HANS JUNCKER (CIRCA 1582-1624), GERMAN, FRANCONIA, EARLY 17TH CENTURY | PAIR OF PUTTI WITH THE INSTRUMENTS OF THE PASSION
Estimate: 12,000 - 18,000 GBP
ATTRIBUTED TO HANS JUNCKER (CIRCA 1582-1624)
GERMAN, FRANCONIA, EARLY 17TH CENTURY
PAIR OF PUTTI WITH THE INSTRUMENTS OF THE PASSION
36.5cm., 14⅜in. each
Overall the condition of the wood sculptures is good, with wear and some dirt to the surface consistent with age. Both of the putti's wings are lost, and the resulting cavities have been filled with what appears to be wax. One of the putti is missing its former attribute. There are some minor losses, including to the proper right fingers of the attribute-less putto, and the proper left index finger of the putto with the column, as well as to both figures' locks of hair. There are later replaced sections to both terrasses, notably that of the putto with the column. There is some stable splitting to the wood, consistent with the material, including an open but stable split with fill to the attribute-less putto's head. There is minor evidence of non-active worming in areas. There is some illegible ink writing to the back of the putto with the column. There is a reattachment to the proper left arm of the attribute-less putto.
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With Heinemann, Wiesbaden, 1914;
private collection, southern Germany, circa 1970s;
the present owner
I. Lühmann-Schmid, 'Ein Unbekanntes Schnitzwerk von Hans Juncker' in Mainzer Zeitschrift 67/68, 1972/73, pp. 195-200 and figs. 24a-c
This charming pair of putti, one holding the Column of the Flagellation, was the subject of a 1972 article (op. cit.), in which the figures were attributed to Hans Juncker, the leading sculptor of the early Baroque in Franconia, who excelled in the representation of corpulent cherubs. With their contorted contrapposto poses and abundant locks of hair, the present putti find a direct comparison in a pair of winged putti carved by Juncker for the High Altar of the Schlosskirche in Aschaffenburg (op. cit., figs. 24d,e). Their rather more sketchy appearance suggests that the present pair may have been bozzetti for another altarpiece.