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Rare Madonna and Child by Mabuse heads Up Koller’s March 28, 2014 Zurich Old Masters sale

February 25, 2014
Lot 3017. JAN GOSSAERT, called MABUSE (Maubeuge 1478 - 1532 Antwerp) Mary with Child. ca. 1530. Oil on wood 44.5 x 34 cm. Estimate: CHF 1.8-2.2 million. (€1,500,000-1,833,330)

Lot 3017. JAN GOSSAERT, called MABUSE (Maubeuge 1478 – 1532 Antwerp)
Madonna and Child. ca. 1530.
Oil on wood 44.5 x 34 cm.
Estimate: CHF 1.8-2.2 million. (€1,500,000-1,833,330) Sold for CHF 2,050,000.- exclusive buyers premium.

UPDATED with sale results.

The March 28, 2104 sale of Old Masters at Koller in Zurich includes a Madonna and Child by Jan Gossaert, known as Mabuse, a capably wrought triptych by a 16th century follower of that great Netherlandish genius Rogier Van Der Weyden, the exterior wings of a a triptych by the Master of the Holy Kinship, and a Hermit Praying by Gerrit Dou.  There’s also a bizarre set of four paintings depicting some of Aesop’s Fables by Jan van Kessel the Elder (estimated at CHF150,000-200 000 or € 123,000-164 000), a so-so Pieter de Hooch of musicians (estimated at CHF 90,000-120,000 or € 75 000-100,000), six painting by Jakob Philipp Hackert including two pendants, the landscapes View of the Chateau Gaillard and the Seine and View on ruins of a river (estimated at CHF 120,000-180,000 or  €100,000-150,000) and the seascapes Coastal landscape near Vietri, 1776 and A shipwreck (estimated at CHF 200,000-300,000 or  €166,670-250,000), and others.

The Mabuse is one of approximately 60 works by this artist accepted as autograph.  This work is a recent addition having been deemed authentic by Maryan Ainsworth, author of the artist’s catalogue raisonné and curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition Man, Myth, and Sensual Pleasures: Jan Gossart’s Renaissance.  According to the Met, that exhibition  brought “together the majority of Gossart’s paintings, drawings, and prints, and place[d] them in the context of the influences on his transformation from Late Gothic Mannerism to the new Renaissance mode.”  We’ll see what the market says.  The painting last been sold at auction at Christie’s in London, July 10, 2002, Lot 97 as  “Studio of Gossaert“ (selling for £41,825 or $64,829).

Gossaert, Jan, Netherlandish, c. 1478 - 1532 Madonna and Child c. 1532 oil on panel overall: 34.4 x 24.8 cm (13 9/16 x 9 3/4 in.) Gift of Grace Vogel Aldworth in memory of her grandparents Ralph and Mary Booth1981.87.1 National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Gossaert, Jan, Netherlandish, c. 1478 – 1532
Madonna and Child c. 1532
oil on panel overall: 13 9/16 x 9 3/4 in.
Gift of Grace Vogel Aldworth in memory of her grandparents Ralph and Mary Booth 1981.87.1
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Gemäldegalerie of the National Museums Berlin

Gemäldegalerie of the
National Museums Berlin

I have long thought that if we did not know the artist’s identity, he might plausibly have been titled the “Master of the Double Jointed Madonnas” (in the vein of the Master of the Female Half-Lengths and similar monikers), because of his strange rendering of physiognomy (the National Gallery of Art’s Madonna and Child of 1532 is a prime example. Exactly what is going on with her left arm? It’s a peculiar painting).

According to the lot notes, this is one of only two known Gossaert’s depicting the Madonna and Child in private hands.  Here’s more from Koller’s entry:

“Jan Gossaert, also called Mabuse after his birthplace Maubeuge in Hennegau, counts as one of the outstanding painters of the Renaissance north of the Alps. His work combines the tradition of early Netherlandish painting from Jan van Eyck to Memling with the artistic achievements of the Italian Renaissance and transforms them into an ideal synthesis of the highest perfection. Gossaert, who was active in the first third of the 16th century, completed both religious as well as secular paintings, which he created for the major patrons of his day. Thus Gossaert entered into the service of Philip of Burgundy and followed him in 1508/09 to Italy, where he came to terms with the masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance.”

“The composition … depicts the Mother of God in front of a late-Gothic architectonic throne, part filigree and part solid stone, with the infant Jesus sitting before her on green velvet. Each is turned towards the viewer in a frontal pose. While

“Mary assumes a contemplative attitude, gazing downward and embracing her child protectively, the Christ Child through his expansive gestures and direct eye contact, engages the attention of the viewer, and his childlike exuberance is expressed affectionately.”

Lot 3009. 16th Century follower of ROGIER VAN DER WEYDEN (1398/1400 Tournai - Brüssel 1464) Triptych: central panel with Lamentation of Christ,  Wing inside with scenes of the Passion  Christ, wing outside the  Proclamation.  Oil on wood. Middle panel 108 x 72 cm,  Wing of each 110.5 x 33 cm. Estimate: CHF 300,000-350,000 (€250,000-291,670) click on image to enlarge

Lot 3009. 16th Century follower of ROGIER VAN DER WEYDEN (1398/1400 Tournai – Brüssel 1464)
Triptych: central panel with Lamentation of Christ, Wing inside with scenes of the Passion, wing outside the
Proclamation.
Oil on wood. Middle panel 108 x 72 cm, each wing:  110.5 x 33 cm.
Estimate: CHF 300,000-350,000 (€250,000-291,670) This lot went unsold.
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The center panel of this triptych is based on a Pietà by Rogier van der Weyden in Brussels from 1441 (below).

Pietà, 1436-1446, Rogier van der Weyden, Musées royaux des beaux-arts, Brussels, Belbium. Oil on panel: 12.8 x 18 inches. click on image to enlarge

Pietà, 1436-1446, Rogier van der Weyden, Musées royaux des beaux-arts, Brussels, Belbium.
Oil on panel: 12.8 x 18 inches. click on image to enlarge

Lot 3014. MASTER OF THE HOLY KINSHIP (active in Cologne ca. 1475-1510) Two altarpiece wings: The Annunciation, with Saints Bartholomew and Peter. Ca. 1490. Oil on oak panels: each 134 x 94 cm. Estimate: CHF 300,000-500,000 (€250,000-416,670) click on image to enlarge

Lot 3014. MASTER OF THE HOLY KINSHIP (active in Cologne ca. 1475-1510)
Two altarpiece wings: The Annunciation, with
Saints Bartholomew and Peter. Ca. 1490.
Oil on oak panels: each 134 x 94 cm.
Estimate: CHF 300,000-500,000 (€250,000-416,670) Sold for CHF 480,000.- exclusive buyers premium.
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According to the sale catalogue:

“[This] Annunciation with Saints Bartholomew and Peter [was] once part of a substantial altarpiece that originally graced the Catholic parish church of St. Martin in Richterich, Aachen …  The altarpiece was divided by 1862, when the central panel with the Crucifixion of Christ was transferred to the Brussels collection of the Musées des Beaux-Arts Royaux de Belgique (inv. no. 1498). The wings (interior and exterior) moved through several private German collections and were sold separately first in 1978 at a London auction … The inner panels then entered the Indiana University Art Museum in Bloomington (inv. nos 78.62.1 and 78.62.2), so that [these] paintings … are the last privately owned pieces of this important altarpiece.

“The master [whose identity remains unknown] was among the most important Cologne painters of the Gothic period and was active in the last quarter of the 15th and first quarter of the 16th century. His method comes out of the Cologne tradition embodied by Stephan Lochner (ca. 1400-1451), and is also influenced by Flemish masters such as Rogier van der Weyden (ca. 1400-1464), Justus van Gent (ca. 1410-1480) or Hugo van der Goes (ca. 1440-1482).”

Lot 3022. DIRCK JACOBSZ. (1496 wohl Amsterdam 1567) Bildnis eines Mannes. Öl auf Leinwand. 80,5 x 66 cm. Estimate: CHF 150,000-200,000 (€125,000-166,670)

Lot 3022. DIRCK JACOBSZ. (1496 wohl Amsterdam 1567)
Bildnis eines Mannes.
Öl auf Leinwand. 80,5 x 66 cm.
Estimate: CHF 150,000-200,000 (€125,000-166,670) Sold for CHF 120,000.- exclusive buyers premium.

Apparently there are few known works by Jacobsz. who was influenced by Jan van Scorel (1498 – 1562). The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has a similarly-themed and more accomplished vanitas painting of Pompeius Occo (below). The handling of the paint is much broader and less detailed in the Koller picture – see the treatment of the fur, skull parapet, facial features, and landscape, which is pretty much the entire work.

Pompeius Occo, Dirck Jacobsz., c. 1531 Oil on panel: h 66.5cm × w 55.1cm.

Pompeius Occo, Dirck Jacobsz., c. 1531
Oil on panel: h 66.5cm × w 55.1cm.
Rijskmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Lot 3026. PIERRE DUMONSTIER (um 1543 Paris 1601) Bildnis des Bernard de Nogaret, Seigneur de La Valette. Um 1584-1585. Kohlestift und Rötel auf Papier. 34 x 24 cm. Estimate: CHF 75,000-90,000 (€62,500-75,000)

Lot 3026. PIERRE DUMONSTIER (um 1543 Paris 1601)
Bildnis des Bernard de Nogaret, Seigneur de La
Valette. Um 1584-1585.
Kohlestift und Rötel auf Papier. 34 x 24 cm.
Estimate: CHF 75,000-90,000 (€62,500-75,000) This lot went unsold.

This beautifully rendered work by Dumonstier, who along with his brother Etienne was a student of François Clouet, depicts 30-year-old French nobleman and admiral Bernard de Nogaret de La Valette (1553 – 1592). It is exquisite.

Lot 3038. GERRIT DOU (1613 Leiden before 1675) Hermit Praying. ca. 1670. Oil on wood. Signed on the book lower left: GDOV. 34.5 x 29 cm. Estimate: CHF 400,000-500,000  (€333,330-416,670)

Lot 3038. GERRIT DOU (1613 Leiden before 1675)
Hermit Praying. ca. 1670.
Oil on wood. Signed on the book lower left: GDOV. 34.5 x 29 cm.
Estimate: CHF 400,000-500,000 (€333,330-416,670) Sold for CHF 900,000.- exclusive buyers premium.

According to the sale catalogue:

“This painting … by Gerrit Dou, discovered in a Swiss private collection, [was examined firsthand by art historian ] Ronni Baer …and she confirms that it is the one she lists in her catalogue raisonné of 1990 as no. 119 … At that time it was known to her only through a black-and-white photograph.

“The painting was once in the collection of the Kurfürstlichen Galerie, Alte Pinakothek, before it was transferred in 1935 to the collection of the Stadtresidenz in Landshut and was then passed on to the art dealer Dr. Plietzsch in Berlin in an exchange of 1938 (written confirmation from the Alte Pinakothek is available). Through the Dutch art trade the painting then came eventually to Switzerland and” is being sold from a private collection.

Lot 3048. ISAAC SOREAU  (1604 Hanau am Main 1645)  Fruit Still Life with Grapes in a  Wicker basket and apricots on a table top.  Oil on wood. 48.3 x 72.3 cm.  Estimate: CHF 140000-180000 (€116.670-150.000) click on image to enlarge

Lot 3048. ISAAC SOREAU
(1604 Hanau am Main 1645)
Fruit Still Life with Grapes in a
Wicker basket and apricots on a table top.
Oil on wood. 48.3 x 72.3 cm.
Estimate: CHF 140000-180000 (€116.670-150.000) This lot went unsold.
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