DANUBE SCHOOL, CIRCA 1510-20
The Adoration of The Magi
oil on pine panel, gold ground
95.6 x 64 cm.; 37⅝ x 25⅛ in.
The pine panel has an old split or join running vertically about a quarter from the right-hand margin. The paint surface is relatively clean, and the varnish is discoloured. There is a small loss at the centre of the upper margin caused by frame abrasion, and another small loss in the lower right-hand corner. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals retouching to the aforementioned area in the centre of the upper margin, to parts of the gold background, to the aforementioned join or split, and in the forehead of the kneeling magus. A handful of spot retouchings are scattered amongst the figures, but the painting is largely untouched and in overall very good condition.
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Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 13 December 1978, lot 71 (as Danube School, 16th Century), for £8,500 to Léfevre.