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Riminese School, circa 1320 | The Nativity; Saint Christopher, Saint John the Baptist and a female saint

Estimate:

8,000

to
- 12,000 GBP

Property of the descendants of William & Robert Adam

Riminese School, circa 1320 | The Nativity; Saint Christopher, Saint John the Baptist and a female saint

Riminese School, circa 1320 | The Nativity; Saint Christopher, Saint John the Baptist and a female saint

Estimate:

8,000

to
- 12,000 GBP

Lot sold:

69,300

GBP

Property of the descendants of William & Robert Adam

Riminese School, circa 1320

The Nativity; Saint Christopher, Saint John the Baptist and a female saint


tempera and remains of gold ground on panel, with painted reverse

painted surface: 20 x 13 cm.; 7 7/8 x 5 1/8 in.

unframed: 22 x 14.3 cm.; 8 5/8 x 5 5/8 in.

framed: 26.1 x 18.3 cm.; 10 1/4 x 7 1/4 in.

The panel, painted on both sides, is flat and stable. The paint surface is dirty and the varnish is discoloured and dull. The majority of the gold ground has been removed, though small traces remain along the upper margin, and around the silhouettes and haloes of some of the figures. There are otherwise numerous surface abrasions, scratches and reusltant small losses to the paint surface, visible in the image, and an additional small loss caused by old woodworm, lower left (more extensive woodworm damage is visible on the reverse). Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals some tiny retouchings to the Christ Child's robe, lower left (in Saint Christopher's arms), but otherwise very little intervention. The panel is in overall moderate condition.


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This small panel has much in common with the work of Pietro da Rimini (1280-1350), one of the most prominent early 14th-century painters influenced by Giotto, who had come to Rimini in the first years of the 14th century. The present panel may be usefully compared with the Death of the Virgin in the Musée Fabre, Montpellier (inv. no. 825.1.122), which is datable to circa 1320 and ascribed to Pietro da Rimini and his circle.1 It is likewise very comparable to The Nativity, also now in the Musée Fabre (inv. no. 2004.1.1), sold at Sotheby's, New York, 22 January 2004, lot 19.2


The painted reverse of the present work is similar to the back of a panel by Francesco da Rimini (fl. c. 1322-before 1348) in the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin (inv. no. NGI.1022),3 which would also appear to confirm this painting's origin in a Riminese workshop.


We are grateful to Dr. Gaudenz Freuler for his help in the cataloguing of this lot.


http://catalogo.fondazionezeri.unibo.it/scheda/opera/10092/Maestro%20di%20Santa%20Maria%20in%20Porto%20Fuori%2C%20Transito%20della%20Madonna

https://www.wga.hu/html_m/p/pietro/rimini/nativity.html

3 http://onlinecollection.nationalgallery.ie/objects/335/the-crucifixion-noli-me-tangere