CIRCLE OF HANS LEINBERGER (1480-1531), GERMAN, LOWER BAVARIA, CIRCA 1520-1530 | SAINT ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY
CIRCLE OF HANS LEINBERGER (1480-1531), GERMAN, LOWER BAVARIA, CIRCA 1520-1530 | SAINT ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY
CIRCLE OF HANS LEINBERGER (1480-1531), GERMAN, LOWER BAVARIA, CIRCA 1520-1530 | SAINT ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY
CIRCLE OF HANS LEINBERGER (1480-1531), GERMAN, LOWER BAVARIA, CIRCA 1520-1530 | SAINT ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY
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Property from the Collection of the late Sir Peter Moores CBE DL (1932-2016)

CIRCLE OF HANS LEINBERGER (1480-1531), GERMAN, LOWER BAVARIA, CIRCA 1520-1530 | SAINT ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY

Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 GBP

Property from the Collection of the late Sir Peter Moores CBE DL (1932-2016)

CIRCLE OF HANS LEINBERGER (1480-1531), GERMAN, LOWER BAVARIA, CIRCA 1520-1530 | SAINT ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY

Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 GBP

Lot Sold:16,250GBP

Lot Details

Description

Property from the Collection of the late Sir Peter Moores CBE DL (1932-2016)

CIRCLE OF HANS LEINBERGER (1480-1531)

GERMAN, LOWER BAVARIA, CIRCA 1520-1530

SAINT ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY


inscribed in ink to the reverse: Dr. Klemperer

polychromed limewood, on an integral polychromed wood socle

150cm., 59in. overall

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Condition Report

Overall the condition of the wood is very good, with some wear and minor dirt to the surface consistent with age. The fingers on the Saint's proper left hand have been reattached and are probably later, the tip of the nose is also a possibly later reattachment. There are a few minor losses, in particular to the edges of the Saint's crown, to the back of her head, to the attribute in the proper right hand, and to some of the edges of the drapery. There are a few replaced sections to the drapery including a section of the sleeve around the proper right side and a very small piece on the proper left side at the height of the knee. There is evidence of past worming, particularly to the back, and to the bottom edge of the socle where there are some minor losses to the wood.There is minor stable splitting to the wood, consistent with the material, including some slightly open splits to the Saint's face and headdress and to the proper left shoulder, to the drapery at the knees and to the drapery where it meets the socle. There is wear to the polychromy, including craquelure throughout. There is a later reattachment to the back of the socle, and a section of the socle on the proper right side at the back has been replaced. 


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.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

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Provenance

Dr Victor von Klemperer (1876-1942), Dresden;

thence by descent;

sale of his heirs, Sotheby's London, 4 July 1991, lot 77

Catalogue Note

This striking Saint Elizabeth is clearly influenced by the work of the Bavarian master Hans Leinberger, who was active in Landshut around 1513-1531. Compare his figure of Mary Magdalene in the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich (inv. no. 13/303), which is carved with similar lean, elongated limbs, cloak, and the agitated folds of drapery that are characteristic of the master. Further stylistic parallels are found in works attributed to Leinberger's Lower Bavarian circle, such as an Anna Selbdritt group in the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum (inv. no. 94/13), whose Saint Anne shows mature features, with a somewhat disquieted expression, that are closely comparable to those of the present Saint. For a similar drapery arrangement, with long looped folds and concentrated areas of rippled creases, see also a Mourning Virgin from Leinberger's following formerly in the Benario collection (Volbach, op. cit., p. 15, no. 53).


RELATED LITERATURE

W.F. Volbach, Kunstwerke aus deutschem Privatbesitz, vol. II, Die Mittelalterlichen Bildwerke der Sammlung Benario, Berlin, 1923, p. 15, no. 53 and pl. XXXVI; F. Niehoff (ed.), Um Leinberger: Schüler und Zeitgenossen, exh. cat. Spitalkirche Heiliggeist, Landshut, 2006, p. 53, fig. 11 and pp. 258-259, no. 57

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