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Alpine, circa 1400 | Virgin and Child Enthroned

Property from an Important European Collection

Alpine, circa 1400 | Virgin and Child Enthroned

Alpine, circa 1400 | Virgin and Child Enthroned

Property from an Important European Collection

Alpine, circa 1400

Virgin and Child Enthroned


gilt and polychromed wood

106cm., 41¾in.

Overall the condition is good, with some wear and dirt to the surface consistent with age. There appears to be a loss to the attribute in the Virgin's proper left hand, and the finials of the Virgin's crown are carved separately and possibly replaced. A section of the back at the bottom is a modern replacement. Some sections of the throne are carved separately, and there are two separately carved but apparently original sections at the back. The interior of the sculpture is hollowed out. There is evidence of past worming, in particular at the back and at the front around the bottom, where it has led to some losses. There is some stable splitting to the wood, notably to the Virgin's crown and the proper right side of her chest. Further evidence of worming to the Christ Child's dress and the Virgin's crown. Wear to the gilding and polychromy throughout including craquelure and areas of loss. While the gilding and polychromy may have been refreshed in areas, much of it appears to be original. There is a possible restoration to the Christ Child's tip of the nose. A few small chips, including to the toes of the Child's proper right foot. There is a metal loop at the back.


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Please note the following amendments to the printed catalogue: Please note the additional Provenance and Literature.

Gustav Schütz (1865-1939), Vienna;

Rudolf Neumeister, Munich, circa 1972

F. Kieslinger, Mittelalterliche Skulpturen einer Wiener Sammlung, Vienna, 1937, no. XI and fig. 18;

J. Boccador and E. Bresset, Statuaire médiévale de collection, 1972, vol. II, pp. 33-34, fig. 21

This elegant enthroned Virgin with the Christ Child standing on her lap conforms to a type that was established in Eastern France and along the Rhine during the 14th century. Identifying its material as limewood, Jacqueline Boccador (op. cit.) sought to localise the present group in southern Germany, more specifically in Bavaria or Swabia. It may however have originated in the western Alps, as is indicated by a closely comparable early 15th-century enthroned Madonna from Issogne in the Museo Regionale, Aosta, thought to have been made by a Swiss sculptor (illustrated in Castelnuovo et al., op. cit). Compare also the fleshy facial features of a 14th-century enthroned Virgin from Val d'Aosta sold at Sotheby's New York on 22 May 2001. The present group is distinguished by the charming expressiveness of the Christ Child, who is holding a small bird.

RELATED LITERATURE
E. Castelnuovo and Francesca de Gramatico (eds.), Il Gotico nelle Alpi, 1350-1450, exh. cat. Castello del Buonconsiglio, Trento, 2002, p. 156, fig. 1