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    Sale 7623

    Important Early European Furniture, Sculpture and Tapestries

    6 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 556

    A SET OF FOUR RECTANGULAR CARVED ALABASTER RELIEFS OF THE FOUR FATHERS OF THE CHURCH

    SPAIN, PROBABLY BURGOS, MID 16TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A SET OF FOUR RECTANGULAR CARVED ALABASTER RELIEFS OF THE FOUR FATHERS OF THE CHURCH
    SPAIN, PROBABLY BURGOS, MID 16TH CENTURY
    Each figure depicted sitting with a book open in front of him; and with an attribute; each scene surrounded by a moulded frame; repairs, minor chips, losses and wear; each relief backed by a slate ground
    17 to 17½ in. (43 to 44.5 cm.) high (4)


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    Stylistic comparisons between the present panels and the works of Felipe Vigarny, suggest that the four reliefs of the Church Fathers could have been carved in Burgos, where he was an influential figure in the 1520s. In looking at the two alabaster fragments of SS Jerome and Joseph in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (Trusted, loc. cit.), and at the present lot, one can see similar facial types, treatment of the locks of hair and large hands.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY


    Literature

    M. Trusted, Spanish Sculpture, London, 1996, pp. 35-36, no. 8-9.