Flaps of a triptych in polychrome painted... - Lot 31 - Pierre Bergé & Associés

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Flaps of a triptych in polychrome painted... - Lot 31 - Pierre Bergé & Associés
Flaps of a triptych in polychrome painted enamel with remains of gold highlights representing St. Barbara and St. John the Baptist, bluish coarse counter-enamel.
Left pane: under an arch with flowered pinnacle and hooked creepers, the saint places her left hand on the tower and holds the palm of martyrdom with the other; right pane: Saint John the Baptist under the same architectural arch, one knee on the ground, holds a book against him and points with his right index finger; above his head, an almost faded inscription naming him in gothic letters sancti ioha batiste, on a phylactery surrounding his head, another inscription that has become illegible.
Limoges, attributed to the Master of the Triptych of Orleans, circa 1480-1490
Height: 24.2 cm - Width: 10.3 cm
In brass frames.
(slight alterations of the blue enamel, tiny lack of a corner of the plate of the Saint Barbara)
Provenance : former private collection of Yvelines in the 1950s.
Book consulted : J.J. Marquet de Vasselot, Les Emaux limousins de la fin du XVe siècle et de la première partie du XVIe, Paris, 1921, p 80-94.
Here we recognize the singular manner of one of the first enamel painters of Limoges who is placed chronologically just after the Pseudo-Monvaerni. His pseudonym, Master of the Orléans Triptych, given by the former curator of the Louvre, Marquet de Vasselot, refers to a work in the Musée des Beaux-arts in Orléans (inv. A 6947, fig.a). Its style is characterised by the use of Gothic architectural elements, a range of colours with a predominance of brown, blue and violet, the use of very fine brushwork in the drawing of facial features and, often, the presence of inscriptions on phylacteries.
These two plates are by the same hand as those in the Wallace Collection representing saintly figures (inv. C571 and C572, fig. b and c). The comparison of the St. Barbara with the St. Catherine in the London museum is particularly convincing.
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