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    Sale 2808

    European Furniture, Clocks, Sculpture and Works of Art

    15 - 16 December 2008, Amsterdam

  • Lot 20

    A CLAY GROUP OF THE VIRGIN AND CHILD

    UTRECHT, 16TH TO 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A CLAY GROUP OF THE VIRGIN AND CHILD
    UTRECHT, 16TH TO 18TH CENTURY
    Traces of polychromy, the top of the Virgin's head replaced
    20. cm.
    Together with a polychrome decorated terracotta group of the Virgin and child, Utrecht, - 19.5 cm. high; a pipe-clay group of the Virgin and child probably Dutch 18th or 19th century 20.5 cm. high; and a polychrome parcel-gilt terracotta group of the Virgin and Child 18.6 cm. high. (4)


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    Clay groups depicting the Virgin and Child, Saints Catherine and Barbara were a speciality of Utrecht. These figurines were made in large quantaties using moulds, and were dispersed all over Europe. The clay used was easy to cast, however the result was very breakable making these figures quite scarce today. See J. Leeuwenberg and W. Halsema-Kubes Beelden in het Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam 1973, pp. 46-47 and 498-501.

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