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Statuette; known as 'Vierge de Mgr. Cantineau' (Front)

Statuette; known as 'Vierge de Mgr. Cantineau' (Front)
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Tournai, Treasury of Notre-Dame Cathedral

Inv. 09 IVO 01


Height: 230mm

Standing Virgin and Child; Christ seated on left arm; Christ in long robe; belt.

Namur 2010-2011: France (Paris), c. 1270.


Polychromy - Gilding
Traces of gilding and polychromy: lining of the Virgin's cloak, along the hems.

Carved in the round.

Object Condition
Missing: right hand of the Virgin probably originally holding a flower (replaced with a hand holding a sceptre); left hand of Christ (once replaced with a hand holding a fruit).

Said to have been given as a present by Louis IX (Saint Louis) to the Tournai community of Friars Minor (i.e. Franciscans) on a visit to the city when it was still part of the kingdom of France; seems to have remained with the Franciscans until the French Revolution. In 1835, became the property of a parishioner from Saint-Piat, who passed it on to the priest of Saint-Piat, but without the chapel which housed the statuette (this chapel, made in Tournai and of a later date than the statuette, is now in Berlin); property of Mgr Cantineau, a canon of Tournai Cathedral: bequeathed by him to the Treasury between 1845 and 1855, hence the appellation 'Virgin of Mgr Cantineau'.

Dialogue avec le visible. L'art aux sources de l'Europe (Oeuvres d'exception issues de la communauté française de Belgique VIIIe-XVIIe s.), dir. by J. Toussaint, exhibition catalogue, Namur, Musée provincial des Arts anciens du Namurois, October 2010-January 2011, no. 33, pp. 264-265 (P.-L. Navez).
KIK/IRPA database: http://www.kikirpa.be/www2/wwwopac/en/object.html [accessed October 2012].


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