WORKSHOP OF ADRIAEN VAN WESEL (CIRCA 1415- CIRCA 1490)
NETHERLANDISH, UTRECHT, CIRCA 1480
ANGEL WITH THE COLUMN
oak, with remnants of polychromy
Overall the condition of the wood is good, with minor and dirt and some wear to the surface consistent with age. There is a loss to the proper right arm. There is minor stable splitting to the wood, consistent with the material throughout and in particular, a slightly open but stable split to the back of the sculpture, going up the drapery from the base. There is a circular plug to the top of the column, and a small hole opposite. There is a minor cavity to a crevice of the drapery near the bottom. There are some minor losses to some of the locks of hair and to the base at the back. There are several remnants of polychromy, notably at the proper right side. There is a translucent varnish to the surface.
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This Angel with the Column finds close stylistic parallels in the oeuvre of the leading late 15th-century sculptor in Utrecht, Adriaen van Wesel. In particular, it relates to two pairs of candle-bearing Angels, one in the parish church of Ramsdorf (Karrenbrock, op. cit., figs. 1-4) and another in the parish church of Südlohn (ibid., figs. 5-8). Compare the child-like features with almond-shaped eyes and pursed lips, the thick, swirling strands of hair, as well as the Angels' dress and drapery scheme, with long, vertical folds gathered at the waist. Though the present figure's face and hair are somewhat less finely rendered than in the Ramsdorf and Südlohn angels, an attribution to Van Wesel's workshop is plausible, making this a rare surviving sculpture linked to this Utrecht master.
R. Karrenbrock, 'Unbekannte Werke des Utrechter Bildhauers Adriaen van Wesel, in Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte, vol. 57, no. 3, Kunstgeschichte und Gegenwart: 23 Beiträge für Georg Kaufmann zum 70. Geburtstag, 1994, pp. 336-346; D. Preising and M. Rief (eds.), Mittelalterliche Bildwerke aus Utrecht, 1430-1530, exh. cat. Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht and Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum, Aachen, 2012, pp. 134-136, fig. 10.5
Sotheby's is grateful to Dr. Reinhard Karrenbrock for his kind assistance in cataloguing this lot.