• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 2203

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe Including Carpets from The Corcoran Gallery of Art

    24 November 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 411

    A LARGE SPANISH CARVED POLYCHROME AND GILT RELIEF PANEL OF THE CIRCUMCISION

    ATTRIBUTED TO FELIPE VIGARNY (1475-1542), SECOND QUARTER 16TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A LARGE SPANISH CARVED POLYCHROME AND GILT RELIEF PANEL OF THE CIRCUMCISION
    ATTRIBUTED TO FELIPE VIGARNY (1475-1542), SECOND QUARTER 16TH CENTURY
    The figures within an architectural arcade with a landscape beyond
    49 in. (125 cm.) high, 35 in. (89 cm.) wide


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    Felipe Vigarny was Burgundian by birth and training, but he arrived in Burgos in 1498. His panels for the cathedral there, including the Christ on the Road to Calvary, are often cited as the first Renaissance works in Spain. The present relief compares closely with Vigarny's work from later in his career, when his early training had absorbed some of the late Gothic mannerism prevalent in the local tradition.

    The present lot appears to be one of a group of panels probably previously an altarpiece made by Vigarny, with eight in the Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, and another at San Simeon, William Randolph Hearst's castle. The Indiana panels represent The Birth of the Virgin, The Marriage of the Virgin, The Annunciation, The Visitation, The Nativity, The Adoration of the Magi, The Presentation in the Temple and The Flight into Egypt.

    Provenance

    [Probably] Chapel of the Virgin, Seville.
    [Probably] Pedro Ruiz, Madrid, 1919.
    [Probably] With Clarke's, New York, 1920.
    [Probably] W. A. Fairburn, Morristown, New Jersey, 1962.
    [Probably] With Edward R. Lubin, New York, 1962-1965.
    Acquired from Blumka Gallery, New York, 1994.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY (LOT 411)