Old Masters Day Sale, including portrait miniatures from the collection of the late Dr Erika Pohl-Ströher

Old Masters Day Sale, including portrait miniatures from the collection of the late Dr Erika Pohl-Ströher

View full screen - View 1 of Lot 101. The Rest on the Flight into Egypt.

Property from the Collection of Sir Peter Jonas

Follower of The Master of the Holy Blood

The Rest on the Flight into Egypt

Lot Closed

December 9, 02:01 PM GMT

Estimate

25,000 - 35,000 GBP

Lot Details

Description

Property from the Collection of Sir Peter Jonas

Follower of The Master of the Holy Blood

The Rest on the Flight into Egypt


oil on oak panel

unframed: 24 x 19.7 cm.; 9½ x 7¾ in.

framed: 37.9 x 33.6 cm.; 14⅞ x 13¼ in.

With Robert Finck, Brussels, 1963 (as plausibly attributable to Jan Provoost);
From whom acquired by the previous owners in 1963, or shortly thereafter;
By whom anonymously sold ('The Property of a Family'), London, Sotheby's, 12 July 2001, lot 1 (as Follower of Jan Provoost);
Where acquired by Sir Peter Jonas (1946–2020).

The model for this composition ultimately finds its source in the early 16th-century works of Gerard David, such as The Rest on the Flight into Egypt in the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp,1 in which the Virgin and Child are set in a similar landscape, on a rocky ledge, with paths receding into a wood, and buildings before a distant view beyond. The elliptical wicker basket found in the present painting also originates in David's work, and recurs in several derivations.


The rather oval face of the Virgin here, however, relates more closely to works by the Master of the Holy Blood, such as the Virgin and Child, now of unknown whereabouts.2 The anonymous master painted the triptych of the Lamentation in the possession of the Confraternity of the Holy Blood in Bruges in the first quarter of the 16th century. Friedländer suggests that the artist trained in Antwerp, as he shows a close knowledge of the work of Quinten Massys, but he appears to have produced most of his work in Bruges, where his output reflects the influence of his fellow townsmen Gerard David, Ambrosius Benson and Jan Provost.3 Compositionally, the present work may be compared to the Master of the Holy Blood's version of this subject, recorded by Friedländer as in a private collection.4


We are grateful to Till-Holger Borchert for his help in the cataloguing of this lot.


1 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rust_tijdens_de_vlucht_naar_Egypte,_Gerard_David,_16de_eeuw,_Koninklijk_Museum_voor_Schone_Kunsten_Antwerpen,_47.jpg

2 https://rkd.nl/explore/images/39738

3 For further discussions on the artist, see M.J. Friedländer, Early Netherlandish Painting, ed. 1974, vol. IXb, pp. 9899; and Primitifs flamands anonymes, exh. cat., Bruges 1969, pp. 74–87 and 233–33.

4 https://rkd.nl/explore/images/52235


For more information on the Collection of Sir Peter Jonas, please see: Sir Peter Jones: A Lifelong Love of Old Masters