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    Sale 7623

    Important Early European Furniture, Sculpture and Tapestries

    6 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 571

    A RECTANGULAR ENAMEL PLAQUE OF THE CORONATION OF THE VIRGIN

    CIRCLE OF NARDON PENICAUD (1470-1542/3) CIRCA 1500

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    A RECTANGULAR ENAMEL PLAQUE OF THE CORONATION OF THE VIRGIN
    CIRCLE OF NARDON PENICAUD (1470-1542/3) CIRCA 1500
    Depicting the Virgin seated on a throne to the centre and flanked by Christ on her right and God the Father on her left; in a later moulded brass frame and a red velvet-covered wood ground; minor wear to the gilding, losses, mottling in places
    5¼ x 4¼ in. (13 x 11 cm.)


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    A comparison between this plaque and the Crucifixion plaque in the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore (Verdier, op. cit., pp. 25-8, no. 25), dated to circa 1505 and attributed to Nardon Pénicaud, show a very similar attention to the rounded faces of Christ and the Virgin, as well as to their broad noses and down-turned eyes that are created by a concave line with a dot in the centre. Further similarities can also be found in the beards of the two Christ figures, which are broadly grey and formerly highlighted with individual strands of gilded hair, and to their torsos, which have stylised rib cages and very narrow waists. Although sufficient differences exist between these two plaques to suggest that the Coronation of the Virgin was not executed by Pénicaud, the very idiosyncratic similarities suggest that it was created by someone very familiar with his work.

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    VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 15% on the buyer's premium


    Provenance

    Purchased by Gustaaf Hamburger in the late 1960s, and by descent.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF THE LATE GUSTAAF HAMBURGER


    Literature

    COMPARATIVE LITERATURE:
    P. Verdier, The Walters Art Gallery - Catalogue of the Painted Enamels of the Renaissance, Baltimore, 1967.