ATTRIBUTED TO TILMAN HEYSACKER, CALLED MEISTER TILMAN (ACTIVE CIRCA 1475-1515), GERMAN, COLOGNE, CIRCA 1500 | SEATED BISHOP SAINT
ATTRIBUTED TO TILMAN HEYSACKER, CALLED MEISTER TILMAN (ACTIVE CIRCA 1475-1515), GERMAN, COLOGNE, CIRCA 1500 | SEATED BISHOP SAINT
ATTRIBUTED TO TILMAN HEYSACKER, CALLED MEISTER TILMAN (ACTIVE CIRCA 1475-1515), GERMAN, COLOGNE, CIRCA 1500 | SEATED BISHOP SAINT
ATTRIBUTED TO TILMAN HEYSACKER, CALLED MEISTER TILMAN (ACTIVE CIRCA 1475-1515), GERMAN, COLOGNE, CIRCA 1500 | SEATED BISHOP SAINT
ATTRIBUTED TO TILMAN HEYSACKER, CALLED MEISTER TILMAN (ACTIVE CIRCA 1475-1515), GERMAN, COLOGNE, CIRCA 1500 | SEATED BISHOP SAINT
ATTRIBUTED TO TILMAN HEYSACKER, CALLED MEISTER TILMAN (ACTIVE CIRCA 1475-1515), GERMAN, COLOGNE, CIRCA 1500 | SEATED BISHOP SAINT
ATTRIBUTED TO TILMAN HEYSACKER, CALLED MEISTER TILMAN (ACTIVE CIRCA 1475-1515), GERMAN, COLOGNE, CIRCA 1500 | SEATED BISHOP SAINT
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Property from a Belgian Private Collection (Lots 22-26)

ATTRIBUTED TO TILMAN HEYSACKER, CALLED MEISTER TILMAN (ACTIVE CIRCA 1475-1515), GERMAN, COLOGNE, CIRCA 1500 | SEATED BISHOP SAINT

Estimate: 18,000 - 25,000 GBP

Property from a Belgian Private Collection (Lots 22-26)

ATTRIBUTED TO TILMAN HEYSACKER, CALLED MEISTER TILMAN (ACTIVE CIRCA 1475-1515), GERMAN, COLOGNE, CIRCA 1500 | SEATED BISHOP SAINT

Estimate: 18,000 - 25,000 GBP

Lot Details

Description

Property from a Belgian Private Collection (Lots 22-26)

ATTRIBUTED TO TILMAN HEYSACKER, CALLED MEISTER TILMAN (ACTIVE CIRCA 1475-1515)

GERMAN, COLOGNE, CIRCA 1500

SEATED BISHOP SAINT


oak

89cm., 35in.

Condition Report

Overall the condition of the wood is very good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is some stable splitting to the wood throughout, consistent with the material, including few slightly open but stable splits to the bottom edge. The quatrefoil clasp is a replacement. The bishop would have originally held a staff in his proper right hand, which is now lost; an indent for the staff is still visible at the top of the base. A section of the back is carved separately and joints and plugs are visible. The tip of the nose, the proper right thumb and possibly some of the fingers on the proper right hand have been reattached. There are some minor losses and chips to the edges of the drapery and to the edges of the mitre. There is a translucent varnish to the surface. 


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

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Cataloguing

Provenance

With Kunstzalen Vecht, Amsterdam, 1983;

with Polak Works of Art, Amsterdam, 1997;

private collection, Belgium

Catalogue Note

This elegant figure of a Bishop Saint can confidently be attributed to the important late-Gothic sculptor, Tilman Heysacker of Cologne, who is traditionally referred to as Meister Tilman. A convincing comparison is found in the pair of reliquary busts by the master in the Schnütgen Museum, Cologne (inv. nos. 1081a-b). The male busts' youthful faces, with long features and high cheekbones, and their deeply carved curls of hair are closely analogous to the present figure. Compare also Meister Tilman's group of the three Kings (Schnütgen Museum, inv. nos. A 861a-c), particularly with regard to the angular folds of drapery, and the facial features of Melchior. The fine decorative beading and fringing seen on the Bishop's mitre and cloak is characteristic of the sculptor's most distinguished works. 

RELATED LITERATURE

R. Karrenbrock (ed.), Die Holzskulpturen des Mittelalters II, 1: 1400 bis 1540, Teil 1: Köln, Westfalen, Norddeutschland, cat. Museum Schnütgen, Cologne, 2001, pp. 256-285


Sotheby's is grateful to Dr. Reinhard Karrenbrock for his kind assistance in cataloguing this lot.

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