Adoration of the Christ Child
Property from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Lorenzo di Credi and Workshop

Adoration of the Christ Child

28 January 2021 • New York

Adoration of the Christ Child
Adoration of the Christ Child
Adoration of the Christ Child
Adoration of the Christ Child
Adoration of the Christ Child
Adoration of the Christ Child
Adoration of the Christ Child
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Lorenzo di Credi and Workshop

Adoration of the Christ Child

Estimate:

600,000 - 800,000 USD

Property from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Lorenzo di Credi and Workshop

Lorenzo di Credi and Workshop

Adoration of the Christ Child

Adoration of the Christ Child

Estimate:

600,000 - 800,000 USD

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Description

Property from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Lorenzo di Credi and Workshop

Florence 1456/9 - 1536

Adoration of the Christ Child


tempera on panel, a tondo

diameter: 35 in.; 89 cm. 

Condition report

The following condition report has been provided by Matt 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.


This painting is in generally in good condition, with few discrete losses. Fine details—such as

the delicately hatched veil or the landscape and castle—are remarkably well preserved. There is some

overall wear, especially to shadow passages, and pinpoint losses are occasionally present in more

thickly painted areas such as the red lake of the dress. Scattered, fine retouching is visible throughout,

with the largest area in the lining of the Virgin's mantle. The retouching is generally well matched,

though has discolored very slightly in parts. The varnish is clear, with an even, matte surface.


The panel has been thinned to approximately 1 cm and cradled; it is in plane and appears

stable. Old evidence of woodworm, no longer active, is evident on the panel reverse.


The modern frame shows normal signs of patination and scattered losses to the paint, metal

leaf, and gesso.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE.

Provenance

Count Alessandro Pichi-Sermolli, Florence, having descended in his family since the 16th century;
From whom acquired, 1933.  

Literature

"Tondo by Credi at Albright Gallery, Buffalo," in The American Magazine of Art, April 1934, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 212-214 (as Lorenzo di Credi and, according to Richard Offner, datable to the first decade of the sixteenth century);
The Art News, vol. 32, February 1934, pp. 3-4;
The Art Digest, vol. 8, March 1934, p. 11;
A. Ritchie (ed.), Catalogue of the Paintings and Sculpture in the Permanent Collection, Buffalo 1949, p. 115, cat. no. 55 (as Lorenzo di Credi);
B. Berenson, Italian Pictures of the Renaissance: Florentine School, New York 1963, p. 207 (as 'Tommaso');
B. Frederickson and F. Zeri, Census of Pre-Nineteenth Century Italian Paintings, Cambridge, Massachusetts 1972, p. 110 (as workshop of Lorenzo di Credi);
G. Dalli Regoli, Lorenzo di Credi, Cremona 1966, p. 186, cat. no. 194, reproduced fig. 243.  

Exhibited

Minneapolis, Minneapolis Institute of Art, "Exhibition of Religious Art," 1957.