Property from a Private Collection
NORTHERN FRENCH SCHOOL, CIRCA 1480
A pair of angels with coats of arms
a pair, both oil on canvas
each: 30.7 x 19 cm.; 12⅛ x 7½in.
The canvases are lined, the paint surfaces are clean, and the varnish is clear and even in both paintings. There are no major damages visible to the naked eye. The former: inspection under ultraviolet light reveals fine pin-prick retouching throughout, including in the angel's face and proper left arms, which disguise the appearance of craquelure. There are more concentrated areas in the lower left corner, and lower right in the background beside and below his hand. The latter: this painting also has fine pin-prick retouchings throughout, most notably to a diagonal line which runs from the angel's left wing up to the upper margin just right of centre measuring approx. 10cm., with retouching also to disguise the appearance of craquelure in his face, and a more concentrated area in the left-hand side of his cope, in the bottom of the shield, and to a handful of areas on the left margin and upper left corner. The pair is in overall good condition. Offered in plain, dark wood framed with some evidence of previous woodworm.
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Catalina von Pannwitz, Berlin and Amsterdam.
The arms are probably those of d'Ouffet, of Liège and Schaeck, of Flanders (see J.B. Rietstap, Armorial Général, Lyon 1950, vol. II, pp. 367 and 683).