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    Sale 7632

    Old Master & British Pictures (Evening Sale)

    2 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 30

    Niccolò di Tommaso (active Florence c. 1346-1376)

    The Madonna and Child with Saints Anthony Abbot and Francis and four Angels

    Price Realised  

    Niccolò di Tommaso (active Florence c. 1346-1376)
    The Madonna and Child with Saints Anthony Abbot and Francis and four Angels
    inscribed and dated 'ANNI.DOMINI.MCCCL.VIIII' (lower centre)
    tempera on panel, pointed top, in an engaged frame
    38 x 29½ in. (96.5 x 75 cm.)


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    Niccolò di Tommaso, who collaborated with Nardo di Cione in the frescoes of the Strozzi Chappel at S. Maria Novella, was one of the most productive Florentine masters of the third quarter of the trecento. His substantial oeuvre was first considered by Richard Offner, whose list was significantly expanded by Miklós Boskovits (Pittura Fiorentina alla vigilia del Rinascimento, Florence, 1978, p. 35, note 203). This panel was first assigned to the artist by the celebrated Italian art historian, Roberto Longhi. There are few dated works, and the fresco of 1360 in the Palazzo Communale at Pistoia which he completed had been begun by a Bolognese hand identified as 'Dalmasio' (Boskovits, p. 35). This picture is of 1359 and shows how refined an artist in the Florentine tradition Niccolò was. In 1371 he is recorded in Naples, and shortly thereafter he executed the monumental frescoes of the Convento del Tau at Pistoia. This cycle, generally recognised as Niccolò's masterpiece, had a considerable influence at Pistoia, which like the nearby town of Prato, although already under Florentine economic and political domination, remained a very active entity in its own right.

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, Monaco, 20 June 1987, lot 301 (when sold with a letter from Roberto Longhi), where acquired by the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN COLLECTOR (LOTS 30, 31, 34 & 35)


    Literature

    E. Bénézit, Dictionary of Artists, Paris, 2006, X, p. 308.
    A. Tartuferi, 'Per la pittura fiorentina di secondo Trecento: Niccolò di Tommaso e il Maestro di Barberino', Arte Cristiana, September-October 1993, LXXXI, pp. 337-8, fig. 1.