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    Sale 11899

    Sculpture

    13 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 5

    A POLYCHROME AND PARCEL-GILT MARBLE GROUP OF THE VIRGIN AND CHILD

    WORKSHOP OF GIOVANNI DI BALDUCCIO (1317-1349), CIRCA 1330-1340

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    A POLYCHROME AND PARCEL-GILT MARBLE GROUP OF THE VIRGIN AND CHILD
    WORKSHOP OF GIOVANNI DI BALDUCCIO (1317-1349), CIRCA 1330-1340
    Inscribed 832.47-42 in black ink to the reverse
    25 ½ in. (65 cm.) high, 11 in. (28 cm.) wide


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    This group compares closely to a Virgin and Child group by Balduccio in the Detroit Institute of Art, dated c. 1332-34, (inv. no. 37.140) with similar hands and rasping individual stylization of the hair. Additionally, the Christ child may also be compared to the facial features of three donors in the relief Presentation Scene with Saint Peter Martyr and Three Donors, circa 1340, in the Cloisters (inv. no. 2001.221).

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    Provenance

    Possibly Trivolzio Collection, Milan.
    With Piero Tozzi Inc., New York.
    Acquired by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation for The Los Angeles County Museum (A.5832.47-42), 1947.
    An auction of property de-accessioned by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to benefit new acquisitions; Sotheby's, Los Angeles, 21-23 June 1982, lot 161.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note this lot was purchased by the Hearst Foundation for the LA County Museum and was not in the Hearst’s personal collection.


    Pre-Lot Text

    SCULPTURE PREVIOUSLY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MR. AND MRS. WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST

    PROPERTY FROM A MONTECITO ESTATE


    Literature

    W.R. Valentiner, Art Quarterly, Winter, 1947.
    La Critica d'Arte, no. 27, May 1949, p. 74.
    W. R. Valentiner, Gothic and Renaissance Sculpture In the Collection of the Los Angeles County Museum: Catalogue and Guide, Los Angeles, 1951, p. 60, pl. 21.


    Post Lot Text

    We would like to thank Dr. Mary Levkoff, Hearst Castle Museum Director, for her research on the Hearst provenance.