Master Paintings & Sculpture Part I

Master Paintings & Sculpture Part I

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Property from the Collection of Jacques Goudstikker

Master of the Agilolphus Altar

Saint Agricius of Trier and Saint Anno of Cologne

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300,000 - 500,000 USD

Lot Details


Property from the Collection of Jacques Goudstikker

Master of the Agilolphus Altar

active in Antwerp in the first half of the 16th century

Saint Agricius of Trier and Saint Anno of Cologne

oil on panel

panel: 84 ¼ by 26 ⅜ in.; 214.0 by 70.0 cm.

framed: 91 ⅝ by 33 ¾ in.; 232.7 by 85.7 cm.

Please refer to the online catalogue for the corrected literature for this lot.

The Church of Santa Maria ad Gradus, Cologne, by circa 1520–21, and subsequently separated from the altar between about 1803–1817;

Fürstlich Hohenzollernsche Sammlungen, Sigmaringen, by 1874 (inv. no. 4877, as Lower Rhenish School, early 16th century);

Ludovic de Spiridon collection, Rome;

By whom sold, Amsterdam, Frederik Muller, 19 June 1928, lot 47 (as Michael Pacher);

Where acquired by Jacques Goudstikker, Amsterdam, (inv. no. 2092) until July 1940 when Aryanised by Reichsmarschall Herman Göring;

In the custody of the Dutch Government (NK 2610), 5 May 1945;

Restituted to the heir of Jacques Goudstikker and Kunsthandel Jacques Goudstikker NV., 6 February 2006.

F.A. Lehner, Fürstlich Hohenzollernsches Museum zu Sigmaringen, Sigmaringen 1874, p. 39, cat. no. 128, and subsequently included in the revised 1883 edition (as Lower Rhein, early sixteenth century);

M.J. Friedländer, Die Altniederländische Malerei, vol. XI, Leiden 1934, p. 43;

M. Stechow, "An Antwerp Altarpiece for Cologne Reconstructed," in Art in America 30, no. 1 (January 1942), pp. 5–17, reproduced fig. 3;

I. Hiller, H. Vey and T. Falk, Katalog der deutschen und niederländischen Gemälde bis 1550 (mit Ausnahme der Kölner Malerei) im Wallraf-Richartz-Museum und im Kunstgewerbemuseum der Stadt Köln, Cologne 1969, pp. 71–72;

M.J. Friedländer, Early Netherlandish painting, vol. XI, Leiden 1974, p. 28, reproduced pl. 35 (as Antwerp Mannerist);

B. Schwanecke, “Der Agilolfusaltar im Kölner Dom: Aufbau, Würdigung and Restaurierunsgsbericht,” in Kölner Domblatt 43 (1978), pp. 37-50 (includes a description of the carved elements of the original altarpiece);

Old master paintings. An illustrated summary catalogue, Zwolle-The Hague 1992, p. 395, cat. no. 3532, reproduced (as Southern Netherlandish school, circa 1520);

B. Lambert, "St. Maria ad gradus," in Colonia Romanica 11 (1996), pp. 61–75 (including a full drawing of the altarpiece);

W. Hansmann and G. Hoffman, Spätgotik am Niederrhein: Rheinische und Flämische Flügelältare im Licht neuer Forschung, Cologne 1998, p. 269 note 291;

N.H. Yeide, Beyond the Dreams of Avarice, The Hermann Goering Collection, Dallas 2009, p. 67, cat. no. A328 (as Michael Pacher);

R. Krischel, "Antwerpen in Köln. Das Altarbild der Kreuzbrüder," in: Ein vergessenes Meisterwerk. Das Antwerpener Altarbild der Kölner Kreuzbrüder, exhibition catalogue, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud, Cologne 2016, pp. 8-87, especially pp. 64-68 (includes a detailed commentary on the Agilolphus altarpiece and discusses the altarpiece as a possible reaction to the Cologne Brothers of the Cross Antwerp altarpiece).

Amsterdam, Galerie Goudstikker, Catalogue des Nouvelles Acquisitions de la Collection Goudstikker, October - November 1928, no. 26;

Venlo, Limburgs Museum, long-term loan from the Instituut Collectie Nederland, Amsterdam, dates unknown.