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    Sale 2818

    EUROPEAN NOBLE AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

    31 March - 1 April 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 429

    A CARVED PALMWOOD GROUP OF THE CRUCIFIXION

    BY JOHANN BENEDIKT WITZ (1709-1780), MID 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A CARVED PALMWOOD GROUP OF THE CRUCIFIXION
    BY JOHANN BENEDIKT WITZ (1709-1780), MID 18TH CENTURY
    Depicting the Christ and the two thieves crucified, the Virgin, Magdalene and Saint John beside the Cross, a centurion holding the bitter sponge, others centurions standing on Christ left side, all standing on rocky Golgotha carved on C-scrolls and rockwork, on a later base plinth, signed WITZ, with label to the back inscribed Feudalmuseum Schloss Wernigerode Staatliches Museum
    64 cm. high x 53 cm. wide


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    This imposing crucifixtion group is a strong example of South German wood carving. With its finely carved figures and the detailed scenery this lot shows the superb craftmanship of Johann Benedikt Witz. A smaller group by Witz was recently sold at Neumeister, lot 1132, 3 December 2008. For comparable groups see also H.-P. Trenschel, Fränkische Kleinplastik des Rokoko, Johann Benedikt Witz (1709-1780), Würzburg, 1980.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    The property of Fürst zu Stolberg-Wernigerode, Schloss Wernigerode
    (lots 407-447)