The Property of a Gentleman
MANNER OF BERNARD VAN ORLEY
MADONNA AND CHILD, STANDING IN AN INTERIOR
oil on oak panel
unframed: 28.6 x 19.8 cm.; 11¼ x 7¾ in.
framed: 47.8 x 38.9 cm.; 18¾ x 15¼ in.
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The panel is uncradled, flat and stable. The paint surface is slightly dirty, and the varnish is discoloured. There are two losses (visible in the digital image) centre left in the architecture, and another smaller loss in the lower left corner. There is evidence of some tenting in the paint surface centre right in the columns, just above the Virgin's head, and in the centre of the upper margin. Small spots of retouching are visible to other previous losses in the centre of the lower margin and in the upper left corner, and other fine lines of discoloured retouching are visible in the foreground, in the dark background, through the Virgin's blue robe, and in her white mantle, face, and in the Christ Child. Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms these, revealing the retouching to the craquelure to be an older campaign, with some more recent retouchings scattered in the columns (left), around the Virgin's arm, and in the hem of her robe. In overall fair condition.
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Sir William Henry Feilden Bt.;
Henry George Bohn (1796-1884), Twickenham;
His posthumous sale, London, Christie's, 19-28 March 1885, lot 512 (as B. van Orley), for £10-10s.;
Ernst Philip Goldschmidt (1887-1954);
His sale, London, Christie's, 13 March 1936, lot 18 (as B. van Orley), to Collings;
Dr. Heinrich Becker, Dortmund, by 1954, until after 1967, and probably until 1974;
With Hans M. Cramer, The Hague, by 1974 (in his Catalogue XIX. Part Two of that year, no. 63, as Attributed to Bernart van Orley).
Dortmund, Museum Dortmund [Schloss Cappenberg], Meisterwerke alter Malerei, April - July 1954, no. 29.
R. Fritz, Sammlung Becker, vol. I, Gemälde Alter Meister, Dortmund 1967, unpaginated, cat. no. 48, reproduced.
The figures of the Madonna and Child in this image are freely derived from both half- and full-length designs associated with Robert Campin.