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Panel (possibly fragment of a polyptych; tabernacle) (Back; detail)

Panel (possibly fragment of a polyptych; tabernacle) (Back; detail)
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Colmar, Musée Unterlinden



Height: 144mm
Width: 60mm
Depth: 15mm

Standing Virgin and Child; bare-chested Christ; Christ seated on left arm; Christ holding a fruit in his left hand; Virgin holding a flower in her right hand; Virgin trampling a winged dragon (basilisk).

Béguerie 1993: Middle Rhineland, late 14th century.
Museum's opinion 2012: Middle Rhineland (Mainz?), last quarter of 14th century.

Atelier of the Kremsmünster Diptych

Traces of missing hinges on either side.

Polychromy - Gilding
Traces of gilding and polychromy

Flat and smooth.
Crosshatching on the underside of the panel, presumably for attachment to a base.
Engraved inscription: 'Cte de Reiset'.

Object Condition
The piece has been cut out and probably originally formed the centre part of a winged polyptych (tabernacle).
The upper part of the plaque has been restored.
Pierced with holes, some of which certainly corresponded to original hinges.

Possibly from the collection of the Count of Reiset (Comte de Reiset)(suggestion based on the inscription on the back). Collection of Joseph Brummer, New York: sale, 20-23 April 1949 (Part I), lot 649. Sotheby's, New York, 31 May 1990, lot 107; Jan Dirven, art dealer, Antwerp; purchased in 1991 by the museum thanks to the Fonds Régional d'Acquisition pour les Musées.

Catalogue du Fonds Régional d'Acquisition des Musées, 1981-1991 (Strasbourg, 1992), no. 34.
P. Béguerie, 'La Vierge à l'Enfant de l'Atelier du Diptyque de Kremsmünster', in Bulletin de la Société Schongauer 1987-1992 (1993), pp. 91-97, 186.


© Colmar, Musée Unterlinden, 2012.

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