WORKSHOP OF TILMAN HEYSACKER, CALLED MEISTER TILMAN (ACTIVE CIRCA 1475-1515) | SAINT AGNES WITH HER LAMB
8,000 to - 12,000 GBP
WORKSHOP OF TILMAN HEYSACKER, CALLED MEISTER TILMAN (ACTIVE CIRCA 1475-1515)
GERMAN, COLOGNE, CIRCA 1490-1500
SAINT AGNES WITH HER LAMB
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Overall the condition of the wood is good with minor dirt and wear to the surface to the surface consistent with age. There is wear to the polychromy, including some areas of loss, notably at the high points of the drapery, both hands, and the base. Particular wear also to the gilding of the hair. The polychromy has been refreshed in areas, including in the face and the red of of the drapery. There is some very minor stable splitting to the wood, consistent with the material, including to the drapery around the abdomen and very minor evidence of past worming in the same area. There is also some further minor splitting around the bottom. Another area of past worming in the crevices of the drapery below the fold falling from the Saint's proper left arm. A few very minor losses to the wood, including to the hair and possibly to the proper left ear of the lamb. A few joints are slightly visible, including at the thumb of the proper left hand (which may be replaced) and also at the proper right wrist, this section was probably carved separately originally. There is a metal dowel at the back, and some natural knots in the wood at the back. There would have been a now-lost attribute in the proper left hand.
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Private collection, Germany
With her distinctive hairstyle, angular folds of drapery, and the pronounced S-curve in her stance, this charming Saint Agnes was almost certainly made in the workshop of the leading late Gothic sculptor in Cologne, Tilman Heysacker, who is traditionally referred to as Meister Tilman. A particularly striking comparison is found in a Female Saint from the master's workshop in the Liebieghaus, Frankfurt, illustrated in op. cit., p. 44.
R. Karrenbrock (ed.), Die Holzskulpturen des Mittelalters, II: 1400 bis 1540, Teil 1: Köln, Westfalen, Norddeutschland, cat. Museum Schnütgen, Cologne, 2001, pp. 9–80