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Ile-de-France, circa 1350

Madonna and Child holding a bird | Vierge à l'Enfant à l'oiseau

Estimate:

40,000 - 60,000 EUR

Ile-de-France, circa 1350

Ile-de-France, circa 1350

Madonna and Child holding a bird | Vierge à l'Enfant à l'oiseau

Madonna and Child holding a bird | Vierge à l'Enfant à l'oiseau

Estimate:

40,000 - 60,000 EUR

Ile-de-France, circa 1350

Madonna and Child holding a bird


limestone figure with remains of polychromy

H. 124 cm ; 48 ¾ in.

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Ile-de-France, vers 1350

Vierge à l'Enfant à l'oiseau


figure en pierre calcaire avec traces de polychromie

H. 124 cm ; 48 ¾ in.

The sculpture is in overall good condition. There are some remains of polychrome paint in several places, notably in the folds of the Madonna's dress. Some tips of the Virgin's crown appear to have been retouched and her face may have been slightly repolished. Her proper right hand appears to have been replaced. The Child's head has been reattached with a joint visible to his neck. There are a few very minor losses to the curls of the Child's hair.


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Collection of René Descamps Scrive (1853-1924), Lille;

Collection Maurice Larminet (1883- 1968), Mons-en-Baroeuls;

Private Collection, France.

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Collection René Descamps Scrive (1853-1924), Lille ;

Collection Maurice Larminet (1883- 1968), Mons-en-Baroeuls ;

Collection privée, France.

This imposing Virgin and Child is entirely typical of Gothic Virgins carved in stone around 1325-50 in the île-de-France. The large standing figure holds the Child seated on her left arm, playing with a bird. The sway of her body is accentuated by the deep folds of her long robe, gathered on her hip and spilling down at her side. She is identified as the Queen of Heaven by her crown, decorated with palmettes, and by the sceptre (or lily stalk) she holds in her hand. Her undulating hair, covered with a veil, frames her rectangular face.


Stylistically, the present Virgin and Child is wholly consistent with the model of Gothic Virgins around 1325-50. There are some similarities, in her stance and in the arrangement of the serpentine folds of her drapery, with a Virgin and Child in the Musée du Louvre (inv. no. RF3451).


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Cette imposante Vierge à l’Enfant est tout à fait caracteristique des Vierges gothiques sculptées en pierre vers 1325-50 en Ile de France. De taille imposante, elle tient debout, l’Enfant assis sur son bras gauche joue avec un oiseau. Le déhanchement de son corps est accentué par les plis profonds de sa robe longue, resserrée sur la hanche et retombant en cascades sur le côté. Désignée par une couronne, ornée de feuilles de palmettes, et un sceptre dans sa main (ou la tige d’un lys) comme Reine des Cieux, ses cheveux onduleux, recouverts d’un voile, encadrent son visage rectangulaire.


Stylistiquement, notre Vierge à l’Enfant correspond tout à fait au canon des Vierges gothiques vers 1325-50. On retrouve quelques parallèles dans l’attitude de son corps et le jeu des plis en serpentine dans une Vierge à l’Enfant, conservée au musée du Louvre (inv. n° RF3451).