MASTER OF SAN JACOPO A MUCCIANA | A portable triptych: The Madonna and Child flanked by saints (central panel); Saint Christopher (left wing); The Crucufixion (right wing)
MASTER OF SAN JACOPO A MUCCIANA | A portable triptych: The Madonna and Child flanked by saints (central panel); Saint Christopher (left wing); The Crucufixion (right wing)
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Property from a European Private Collection

MASTER OF SAN JACOPO A MUCCIANA | A portable triptych: The Madonna and Child flanked by saints (central panel); Saint Christopher (left wing); The Crucufixion (right wing)

Estimate: 70,000 - 100,000 GBP

Property from a European Private Collection

MASTER OF SAN JACOPO A MUCCIANA | A portable triptych: The Madonna and Child flanked by saints (central panel); Saint Christopher (left wing); The Crucufixion (right wing)

Estimate: 70,000 - 100,000 GBP

Lot Details

Description

Property from a European Private Collection

MASTER OF SAN JACOPO A MUCCIANA

active in Florence between 1390 and 1420

A portable triptych: The Madonna and Child flanked by saints (central panel); Saint Christopher (left wing); The Crucufixion (right wing)


tempera on panel, gold ground, with a later engaged frame and extensions measuring 3.2 cm. to the lower edge of both wings

central panel: overall dimensions: 62 x 28.5 cm.; 24⅜ x 11¼ in.; painted surface: 40 x 19 cm.; 15¾ x 7½ in.

each wing: overall dimensions: 55 x 14 cm.; 21⅝ x 5½ in.; painted surface: 45 x 10 cm.; 17¾ x 3⅞ in.

Condition Report

The triptych is in overall fair condition. It is set within a more recent frame, and there are additions along the lower margins of the left and right wings, 2.5 cm. in height. There is a vertical split running down the left-hand side of the reverse of the backing panel of the central section. The original panels are flat and stable, the paint surfaces are slightly dirty and the varnish is discoloured. There is visible retouching to the gilding along all the margins, presumably carried out following the panels' insertion into the frame. The blues in the Madonna's robes have degraded and have been retouched. Other small discoloured retouchings are visible scattered throughout all the figures and the foregrounds of each scene. There are also a handful of surface scratches visible under raking light in the lower half of the central panel, as well as two vertical repaired, retouched splits, one starting on the lower margin, just right of centre (3.5 cm. long), and the other a cm. from the right margin (21 cm. long). Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals two campaigns of retouching, the older of which is difficult to discern beneath the milky varnish. The aforementioned retouchings are confirmed, however, most notably: in the central panel - around the Madonna's face and in her right hand, in the Child's arms and sides of his face, to the longer of the two splits; in the left-hand panel - to a vertical line in Saint Christopher's stomach (2 cm. long) and in the two lower corners; in the right-hand panel - to Christ's hair, along the outlines of his outstretched arms and the jamb of the Cross, and scattered in the Madonna Annunciate above.


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Cataloguing

Catalogue Note

This triptych is closely connected to another given to the Master of San Jacopo a Mucciana, formerly in the collection of Carlo de Carlo, Florence, and since 1998 in a private Brescian collection.1 The Brescia triptych also depicts the Madonna and Child enthroned and flanked by saints, and wings depicting Saint Christopher and The Crucifixion, topped by a representation of The Annunciation. Only the identity of the saints flanking the Madonna and Child is different. Here, we see Saint John the Baptist and an unidentified bishop saint, whereas the Brescian triptych depicts Saint Anthony Abbot and Saint James the Greater.


We are grateful to Mauro Natale and Dr Gaudenz Freuler for independently endorsing the attribution of this triptych to the Master of San Jacopo a Mucciana.


1 Fondazione Zeri Archive, ref. no. 3302; see M. Boskovits, Pittura Fiorentina alla vigilia del Rinascimento 1370–1400, Florence 1975, p. 238, reproduced fig. 404.

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