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    Sale 7623

    Important Early European Furniture, Sculpture and Tapestries

    6 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 553

    A POLYCHROME TERRACOTTA GROUP OF THE VIRGIN AND CHILD

    CIRCLE OF JACOPO DELLA QUERCIA (1374-1438), CIRCA 1430-1450

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A POLYCHROME TERRACOTTA GROUP OF THE VIRGIN AND CHILD
    CIRCLE OF JACOPO DELLA QUERCIA (1374-1438), CIRCA 1430-1450
    The Virgin depicted seated, wearing a blue cloak over a red dress which falls in V-shaped folds at her feet, with the Christ Child sleeping on her lap; wear to the polychromy and areas refreshed, repairs, minor losses and damages
    37 in. (94 cm.) high


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    The terracotta group offered here shares a number of characteristics with the works of Jacopo della Quercia, including his stone group of the Virgin and Child executed circa 1428 for the lunette of the main portal of San Petronio, Bologna (Beck, op. cit., I, pp. 168-177, II, figs. 86-89). Compared to this group, the present lot has similar delicate facial features, proportions and thick locks of curling hair. Further similarities can also be seen in the treatment of the drapery, which falls in thick, heavy folds and the finely modeled fingers. An unusual characteristic of the present group is that the Christ Child is depicted sleeping in his mother's lap thereby allowing the latter a momentary, affectionate, gaze at her son.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN


    Literature

    COMPARATIVE LITERATURE:
    J. Beck, Jacopo della Quercia, New York, 1991.