A French early 15th century limestone / composition (?)polychrome decorated figure of the Virgin and

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Lot 141
A French early 15th century polychromed limestone figure of the Virgin and Child

Sold for £ 20,400 (US$ 28,292) inc. premium
A French early 15th century polychromed limestone figure of the Virgin and Child
the Virgin crowned, her robes carved with V folds, the Christ Child in her right hand holding in his right hand a scroll, an iron loop bedded into a circular hole to the reverse, restorations, typical losses to polychrome decoration, painting refreshed 116cm high

Footnotes

  • A comparable polychrome decorated limestone example was sold at Sothebys New York, 25/1/07, lot 226. This figure is slightly later in date being last quarter of the 15th century, but has similarly thick parted hair and deeply carved flowing drapery. A further carved wood Virgin and Child circa 1500 was sold at Sothebys, London 7/7/06 (lot 24). Stylisitically this piece has many similar characteristics to the present lot; the same high crown, elongated features and serene expression; similar long wavy hair and draped robes raised by the left arm.

    In 15th century comparable examples the Christ Child is usually depicted holding a dove and the use of a scroll in the present piece is quite unusual. 14th century groups from the Ile-de-France region often show the Christ Child holding a piece of fruit and reaching out for the Virgins veil; please see Paul Williamson 'Northern Gothic Sculpture', Victoria and Albert Museum, 1988, where he discusses this trend.
    On page 126 he illustrates a Virgin and Child circa 1340-1350 with a similarly tall and elaborately carved crown, and the Christ Child holding a goldfinch; and Page 130 illustrates a slightly later Virgin and Child, also of limestone with polychrome decoration, datable to 1350-70 with the Christ Child holding a book.
A French early 15th century polychromed limestone figure of the Virgin and Child
A French early 15th century polychromed limestone figure of the Virgin and Child
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