Virgin in Majesty in walnut carved, Auvergne Cantal, late XII H, C Sale Wednesday, July 5th 2023
Sale Wednesday, July 5th 2023
Drouot-Richelieu, room 9, at 3.30 pm
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Vierge en majesté en noyer sculpté en ronde bosse avec restes de polychromie. Dans une attitude hiératique, le buste droit, Marie est assise sur un coussin reposant sur un banc-trône dont les colonnettes…
Virgin in Majesty in walnut carved in the round with remains of polychromy. In a hieratic posture, with an upright bust, Mary is seated on a cushion resting on a throne-bench whose cylindrical columns flare out at the top; she carries her Son seated on her left knee and must have been holding a flowery scepter (no longer in existence) in her right hand; her head is encircled by a short maphorion attached to her chest by a round clasp, revealing the hair on her forehead divided by a median parting; face with impassive expression, slightly protruding eyeballs, finely hemmed almond-shaped eyes, straight nose, closed mouth and thin lips; she places her protective hand on the left arm of the Child, who is blessing with his right hand; she is clothed in a long robe and pallium embracing the body and arms, whose wide sleeves fall in vertical folds under the wrists. On the back, a square reliquary cavity bordered on three sides by a rabbet. Auvergne, Cantal, late 12th century H. 68 - W. 30.3 cm - D. 28.9 cm Old German customs stamp and inventory number S.61.176 underneath, Galerie Claude Bernard label no. S.380 (some wormholes mainly in the lower part, left arm of the Child missing, flipot on the Virgin's face).