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507

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

to
- 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

to
- 200,000 USD

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.

The following condition report has been provided by Karen Thomas 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.


This painting is in fairly good condition overall with an excellent restoration that allows the strengths of the picture to stand out. Under ultraviolet illumination some of the restoration is clearly recognizable, while further retouching beneath the layers of fluorescing varnish are more difficult to discern. Rubbing can be found throughout the picture but has been expertly knit together with careful retouching, most concentrated in the shadows of St. Francis' brown habit and the glazes on Mary's blue mantle. In the faces, wear has been retouched and contours have been reinforced. A normal degree of aging cracks has developed throughout the painting.


The varnish even and glossy.


The vertically grained wood panel is structurally sound and retains its original thickness and much of what appears to be an original gesso coating.


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.

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. 
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).