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    Sale 7610

    Important Old Master & British Pictures Day Sale Including Property From The Collection Of The Princely House Of Liechtenstein

    9 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 247

    The Master 'Francesco' (Tuscan, active in the second half of 14th century)

    The Madonna and Child with Saints Anthony Abbot and Catherine of Alexandria, The Crucifixion above

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    The Master 'Francesco' (Tuscan, active in the second half of 14th century)
    The Madonna and Child with Saints Anthony Abbot and Catherine of Alexandria, The Crucifixion above
    inscribed 'AVE[·]MAR[IA·GRATIA·PLEN]A·D' (along the plinth)
    on gold ground panel, arched top, in an engaged frame
    34¾ x 19½ in. (88.3 x 49.6 cm.)
    with the arms of the Gondola (Argent, three palets azure, a fesse gules, lower left) and Salvetti (Argent, a bull rampant gules) families (on plinth, lower left and right respectively)


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    The name 'Francesco' was discovered by Eve Borsook (see E. Borsook, 'Maestro Francesco and a portrait of the Signoria in Florence' in Festschrift Ulrich Middeldorf, Berlin, 1968, pp. 60-3) on a panel depicting The Madonna and Child among saints and angels, formerly in the Church of Santa Maria in Quarto, in the Florentine countryside, and now in Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence. Alongside this signature, the panel also bore the date 1391. Miklòs Boskovits later defined this artist's profile and corpus, indicating that his output was focused mainly on devotional paintings depicting the Madonna and Child, or the Coronation of the Virgin surrounded by Saints (see M. Boskovits, Pittura Fiorentina alla vigilia del Rinascimento, Florence, 1975, pp. 236-7, notes 161 and 162).

    The coincidence of the Gondola and Salvetti arms on the plinth of this gold ground panel suggests that it was made for a family formed by the marriage of these two houses. The Gondola arms are likely those of the husband, standing on the dexter side of the plinth, while those on the other side may belong to his wife, born Salvetti.

    We are grateful to Professor Boskovits for suggesting the attribution to 'Francesco' on the basis of photographs, and to Jan van Helmont for his identification of the arms.

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    Provenance

    Gondola (according to the arms on the panel).


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY


    Literature

    R. Offner, 'A Legacy of Attributions by Richard Offner', in A Critical and Historical Corpus of Florentine Painting: The Fourteenth Century, H.B.J. Maginnis, ed., New York, 1981, supplementary volume, fig. 128, as The Master of Raised Haloes.