Lot n° 57
8000 - 10000
Result with fees
: 14 950EUR
Blessed Child Jesus in walnut carved in round... - Lot 57 - Pierre Bergé & Associés
Blessed Child Jesus in walnut carved in round hump, polychrome and gold. Completely naked, the Child holds a sphere symbolizing the World in his left hand and blesses with the other.
Full-shape face with rounded forehead, fine nose, smiling mouth and double chin; degraded hair on the sides with curly ends falling into the neck; chubby body with prominent belly, prominent joints with bulges and dimpled knees.
Palmarks under the left foot.
Mechelen, around 1500
Height: 35.2 cm
Plexiglas base (punctual retouching with polychromy, missing cross of the globe)
These Christ-Children, Salvator Mundi, specific production of the Mechelen workshops at the end of the Middle Ages, were intended for female devotion.
They were usually offered to women who took the habit; they could own a wardrobe to dress their nudity. With his mark on the palate under his left foot, he is one of the very few
Children whose Malinois origin is thus confirmed.
Books consulted: W. Godenne, "Preliminaires à l'inventaire général des statuettes d'origine malinoise presumees des XVe et XVIe siecles" in
Handelingen van de Koninklijke Kring voor Oudheidkunde, Letteren en Kunst van Mechelen (Actes du Cercle royal pour l'antiquité, les lettres et l'art de Mecines), 80, 1976, pp. 71-105; A. Huysmans under
the direction of, La sculpture des Pays-Bas meridionaux et de la Principaute de Liege XVe et XVIe siecles, Musées royaux d'Art et d'Histoire, Bruxelles, 1999, pp. 158-159.
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