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    Sale 2172

    Important European Furniture, Works of Art, Ceramics, Tapestries and Oriental Carpets

    9 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 143

    A CARVED POLYCHROME-DECORATED GROUP OF THE VIRGIN AND CHILD

    GERMAN, ATTRIBUTED TO THE MASTER ASTL, LATE 15TH EARLY 16TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A CARVED POLYCHROME-DECORATED GROUP OF THE VIRGIN AND CHILD
    GERMAN, ATTRIBUTED TO THE MASTER ASTL, LATE 15TH EARLY 16TH CENTURY
    The Virgin depicted standing on a crescent moon
    51 in. (129.5 cm.) high


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    This is a fine example of the late Gothic sculptural style in Southern Germany. It is similar in type to the Madonna of the Hallstaff Marienaltar, which dates to circa 1510-20 (see E. Sauser, Der Hallstaffer Marienaltar von Meister Astl, Hallstaff, 1956). The attribution to Master Astl was first suggested by Melanie Clifford (From a J. Held seminar report, 18 May 1976).

    The Virgin is depicted standing on a sickle of the moon with a man's face, which can be explained using the identification of the Virgin with the woman of the Apocalypse, 12:1: 'And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet...'. It was traditional in late medieval art to depict the Virgin standing on the moon, referring to both this passage and to the Song of Songs, 6:10: 'Fair as the moon'.

    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Plaza Art Galleries, New York, 8 November 1947, lot 529.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note the correct estimate should be $12,000-18,000.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE JULIUS HELD COLLECTION (LOTS 143-145)


    Exhibited

    Williamstown, The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Museum, on loan.