A second quarter 14th century French (Ile-de-France) marble figure of the Virgin and Child
Lot 1
A second quarter 14th century French (Ile-de-France) marble figure of the Virgin and Child
Sold for £68,500 (US$ 91,452) inc. premium

Lot Details
A second quarter 14th century French (Ile-de-France) marble figure of the Virgin and Child
the Virgin holding the Christ Child on her left arm, his right hand reaching across her chest, holding a dove in her right hand, wearing a crown (with later gilding), head of Christ Child detached, 62cm high

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    By repute excavated from a field at Furneaux Pelham in Hampshire and given to the current vendor's great uncle in April 1930.

    The stylistic and iconographical features of the present marble are comparable to a number of known examples produced in the Ile-de-France in the second quarter of the 14th century. The careful arrangement of drapery, the tall crown, the manner in which she holds the dove in her right hand and the Christ Child in her left, the position of the left leg of the Christ Child and his hand reaching across her body are all features that associate the present marble with this group. For example the Virgin and Child dated to 1330-50 in the Victoria and Albert Museum (inv. No. 6982-1860) which is of larger size but stylistically very similar, except that she holds the base of a lily stem rather than a dove. Both examples are quite shallow in depth and with a flat back, indicating that they were to be placed flush against a background. However, the smaller size of the present lot indicates that it was produced for a more domestic setting, figural groups of this type were produced in large numbers from the 1300 onwards in marble and alabaster. For example the marble Virgin and Child by Jean Pepin de Huy made in 1329 for Chartreuse de Mont-Sainte Marie at Gosnay, now in the Musee des Beaux-Arts in Arras.

    Literature:
    P. Williamson, Northern Gothic Sculpture, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1988, p.122-133.
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