CIRCLE OF DERICK BAEGERT | Recto: Christ shown to the people; Verso: The Virgin and Saint Christopher; Recto: The Entombment; Verso: Saint Anthony Abbot and Saint Anne
Estimate: 40,000 - 60,000 GBP
CIRCLE OF DERICK BAEGERT
Recto: Christ shown to the people
Verso: The Virgin and Saint Christopher
Recto: The Entombment
Verso: Saint Anthony Abbot and Saint Anne
a pair, both oil on panel, in engaged frames, probably doors from an altarpiece
each in their engaged frames: 66.3 by 44cm.; 26 by 17¼in.
The double sided panels have relatively clean paint surfaces with clear varnishes.
The former: a fine, vertical line of retouching is visible to the naked eye running the height of the panel to the left of Herod. This line also occurs on the reverse of the panel to the left side of the Virgin. This is confirmed by inspection under ultraviolet light which reveals very little other intervention.
The latter: a fine, vertical line of retouching is visible to the naked eye running the height of the panel through the figures just right of centre. This line also occurs on the reverse of the panel through the right-hand side of St. Anne. This is confirmed by inspection under ultraviolet light which reveals very little other intervention.
Both in overall very good condition.
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'Spetchley Park -I. Worcestershire, The Seat of Mr. R. V. Berkeley', Country Life, 8 July 1916, p. 45, illustrated in the Drawing Room;
Inventory, 1949, in the Drawing Room
Very little is known about Derick Baegert. He may have become confused with the Kappenberg Master, the painter of a triptych in the village of the same name near Dortmund. Long attributed to the Dünwegge brothers, the retable in the provost's church in Dortmund - considered to be one of the masterpieces of the late 15th-century Westphalian School - is in fact an early work by Baegert from circa 1470. He also painted a large allegorical composition for the town hall in Wesel, now in the castle.
We are grateful to Till Holger Borchert for endorsing the attribution to the circle of Derick Baegert following inspection of images, and for noting that the proportion of the figures are similar to those in the works of an alter ego of Baegert known as the Master of the Kalkar Death of the Virgin.