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LOT 0396

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Bid History: 1   |   Current bid: £3,600

Medieval French Marble Head of an Angel

12th-15th century AD

A carved head of an angel; the round face with smiling expression with small dimples to cheeks, long wavy hair covering the ears, a grape vine woven into the hair; remains of pigment in the recesses throughout; mounted into an old custom-made wooden display stand. 7.2 kg, 25.5cm including stand (10"). Fine condition.

Previously with Ancient Resources, Montrose, California, September 2017; formerly in a private US collection, since 1990s; accompanied by a scholarly note TL5357 by Dr Ronald Bonewitz; this lot has also been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate number no.10503-171765.

See Sauerlander, W., Gothic sculpture in France, 1140-1270, New York, 1972; see Joubert, F., La sculpture gothique en France. XIIe-XIIIe siècles, Paris, 2008; see Kasarska, L., La sculpture de la façade occidentale de la cathédrale de Laon. Eschatologie et humanisme, Paris, 2008.

The traces of pigments on this extraordinary piece are important. Until the sixteenth century, most sculptures decorating the churches were still painted, like in the ancient times. The extension of polychromy on stone and marble sculptures varied according to the material used, the taste of the clients and the styles of the individual artists.