An Outstanding Gothic Walnut and Polychrome Figure
The carver has captured a wonderful sense of serenity, not only through the very gentle expression on the face – probably Mary – but also by her stance; knee forward, body leaning, and her head slightly inclined forward, a style used in this period and known as the “soft” style.
The figure retains much of the original polychrome and gilt decoration, and enjoys an excellent provenance - Paul Cassirer Gallery, Berlin, 1918-1920, Private collection, Munich, Germany, 1920-1975, the collection of Dr. Kreuzer, Munich 1975-2001, a private collection of early sculptures and objects in North Yorkshire.
Possibly Mechelen, circa 1450-1500.
Height 38 inches, including the base (3 inches).