SOUTHERN NETHERLANDISH, BRUSSELS OR LOUVAIN, EARLY 16TH CENTURY | CHRIST ON THE COLD STONE
SOUTHERN NETHERLANDISH, BRUSSELS OR LOUVAIN, EARLY 16TH CENTURY | CHRIST ON THE COLD STONE
SOUTHERN NETHERLANDISH, BRUSSELS OR LOUVAIN, EARLY 16TH CENTURY | CHRIST ON THE COLD STONE
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Property from a Belgian Private Collection (Lots 22-26)

SOUTHERN NETHERLANDISH, BRUSSELS OR LOUVAIN, EARLY 16TH CENTURY | CHRIST ON THE COLD STONE

Estimate: 7,000 - 10,000 GBP

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

SOUTHERN NETHERLANDISH, BRUSSELS OR LOUVAIN, EARLY 16TH CENTURY | CHRIST ON THE COLD STONE

Estimate: 7,000 - 10,000 GBP

Lot Details

Description

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

SOUTHERN NETHERLANDISH, BRUSSELS OR LOUVAIN, EARLY 16TH CENTURY

CHRIST ON THE COLD STONE


oak

34cm., 13⅜in. 

Condition Report

Overall the condition of the wood is good, with some wear and dirt to the surface consistent with age. The hands are lost, and there are some losses to the rope and the crown of thorns. There is minor stable splitting to the wood, consistent with the material, notably to the proper left side. The strand of hair at the front on the proper right side is partially restored.

There is a modern metal loop at the back for hanging.


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

Private collection, Belgium

Exhibited

Tenerife, San Cristobel de La Laguna, Lumen Canariense, 2003-2004;

Santiago de Compostela, Museo Diocesano, Monasterio San Martino Pinario, 2004 

Literature

R. Didier in Stella Peregrinantium, La Virgen de Prima y su tiempo, exh. cat. Museo Diocesano Monasterio de San Martino Pinario, Santiago de Compostela, 2004, pp. 350-51, no. 50

Catalogue Note

The motif of Christ on the Cold Stone developed in the Low Countries, and gained currency during the 16th century, particularly in sculpture. Later, it also disseminated to other European regions, in particular in modern-day France. The Brussels school of carving was the epicentre of this dissemination, and many models of the type were produced there - compare, for instance, to a Christ in Distress in the Rijksmuseum (inv. no. R.B.K.1955-83, dated circa 1520) and another in Brussels (op. cit. no. 29, attributed to the Brussels region, circa 1515). 


The present statuette is a faithful interpretation of the Brussels model, and as such, could be attributable to that region. However, in the Santiago exhibition (op. cit. p. 350), the slight variety in the facial features compared to the Brussels workshop leads Didier to conclude a more likely origin in Louvain, where the carving could be said to display slightly less variety, and the facial features are more generalised - as opposed to the more individualised Brussels type. 


RELATED LITERATURE

A. Huysmans (ed.), La sculpture des Pays-Bas méridionaux et de la Principauté de Liège, XVe et XVIe siècles, exh. cat. Musées royaux d'Art et d'Histoire, Brussels, 1999, no. 29

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