Property from a Belgian Private Collection (Lots 22-26)
RHENISH OR MOSAN, CIRCA 1340
oak, with remnants of gilding and polychromy
Overall the condition of the wood is good, with some wear and dirt to the surface consistent with age. The proper right forearm and a section of the base at the front are lost. There are a few more minor losses, including to the points of the crown, to an edge of drapery at the chest, and to the base at the back. There are remnants of gilding and polychromy throughout. There is a wood dowel inside a hole to the right side of the throne. There is a smaller hole to the left side of the throne. There is a modern metal loop at the back for hanging. There is minor stable splitting to the wood, consistent with the material, notably to the orb.
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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Private collection, Belgium
The present figure of the Seated Christ, probably from a Coronation of the Virgin, is likely to have been made in the Meuse-Rhine region under French artistic influence. Compare some of the marble figures from the High Altar of Cologne Cathedral, circa 1310-1320 (Legner, op. cit., pp. 371-374), as well as reliquary busts and an Enthroned Virgin in the Schnütgen Museum, Cologne (op. cit., nos. 72, 77 and 78).
A. Legner (ed.), Rhein und Maas: Kunst und Kultur 800-1400, exh. cat. Cologne and Brussels, Cologne, 1972; U. Bergmann, Die Holzskulpturen des Mittelalters (100-1400), cat. Schnütgen Museum, Cologne, 1989, pp. 278-295