Madonna and Child with Saints Clare, John the Evangelist, John the Baptist, and Francis
Property from a Distinguished Private Collection
Michelangelo di Pietro Membrini, formerly known as the Master of the Lathrop Tondo

Madonna and Child with Saints Clare, John the Evangelist, John the Baptist, and Francis

22 January 2021 • New York

Madonna and Child with Saints Clare, John the Evangelist, John the Baptist, and Francis
Madonna and Child with Saints Clare, John the Evangelist, John the Baptist, and Francis
Madonna and Child with Saints Clare, John the Evangelist, John the Baptist, and Francis
Madonna and Child with Saints Clare, John the Evangelist, John the Baptist, and Francis
Madonna and Child with Saints Clare, John the Evangelist, John the Baptist, and Francis
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Michelangelo di Pietro Membrini, formerly known as the Master of the Lathrop Tondo

Madonna and Child with Saints Clare, John the Evangelist, John the Baptist, and Francis

Estimate:

150,000 - 200,000 USD

Property from a Distinguished Private Collection

Michelangelo di Pietro Membrini, formerly known as the Master of the Lathrop Tondo

Michelangelo di Pietro Membrini, formerly known as the Master of the Lathrop Tondo

Madonna and Child with Saints Clare, John the Evangelist, John the Baptist, and Francis

Madonna and Child with Saints Clare, John the Evangelist, John the Baptist, and Francis

Estimate:

150,000 - 200,000 USD

Lot closes:

Lot closes:

12 days, 13 hours

12 days, 13 hours

January 30, 03:07 PM (GMT)

January 30, 03:07 PM (GMT)

Description

Property from a Distinguished Private Collection

Michelangelo di Pietro Membrini, formerly known as the Master of the Lathrop Tondo

Lucca, active 1484 – 1525

Madonna and Child with Saints Clare, John the Evangelist, John the Baptist, and Francis


tempera and oil on panel, with an arched top

panel: 14 by 9 1/2 in.; 36 by 24 cm.

framed: 31 1/2 by 20 in.; 80 by 50.8 cm.

Condition report

The following condition report has been provided by Matthew Hayes of Pietro Edwards Society of Art Conservation, 336 West 37th Street, Suite 1580, New York, NY 10018, 212-457-8956, mh@edwards-society.com, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.


The panel is intact, and the reverse has what may be an original coating. A single wormhole in the background of the composition at the upper right suggests slight earlier woodworm activity.


Many passages of the paint appear quite well preserved, including the crown of thorns, hair, and modeling of the torso. There is some wear in the shadows and along the edges of cracks in Christ's body, and scattered small points of mechanical damage throughout. Retouched losses are present in the blue background and the chest, and smaller ones in the face. Some filling and retouching has been done along the edges of the composition to the frame. The halo has lost any gilding it may have once had. A pentimento is evident in the proper left shoulder.


The varnish is relatively glossy but does not saturate the paint in the darks. A few dark accretions pepper the surface.

Careful cleaning and retouching would greatly improve the appearance of this painting.


The frame was perhaps originally an engaged one but has been adapted to be an independent construction. Its gilding is worn, and mechanical damage is evident throughout.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

Provenance

Probably, private collection, Germany, 20th century (according to labels and inscriptions on the reverse of the panel);
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 4 July 1990, lot 205 (as Umbrian School, circa 1500);
With Altomani & Co., Pesaro, 1990-1991;
Private collection, San Marino, by 2003;
Private collection, Villa la Torre, Scarperia;
By whom sold, Florence, Asta Semenzato, 27 May 2006, lot 479 (as Membrini);
There acquired. 

Literature

W. Angelelli and A. De Marchi, Pittura dal Duecento al primo Cinquecento nelle fotografie di Girolamo Bombelli, 1991, p. 156;
G. Bartolozzi and M.C. Fabbri M.C., 17° Biennale Mostra Mercato Internazionale dell'Antiquariato, exhibition catalogue, Florence 1991, pp. 130-131;
AA.VV., Matteo Civitali e il suo tempo. Pittori, scultori e orafi a Lucca nel tardo Quattrocento, 2004, p. 180;
M. Ferretti, Tre temi da approfondire, Milan 2004, p. 180 (as Membrini, but without original frame);
R. Massagli, in The Alana Collection. Italian paintings and sculptures from the fourteenth to sixteenth century, M. Boskovits (ed.), Florence 2011, pp. 180-184, cat. no. 28, reproduced in color p. 181, details pp. 183-4 (as Membrini).