Description & Technical information

The carving of the enthroned Virgin and Child in boxwood is a Rhenish tradition and this exquisite large example, although inspired by the northern French models, was most likely made in the Meuse valley near the German border where stylistic movements often intersected. Of superb quality carved with the finest detail and in excellent condition, this rare work has a rich light chocolate patina.

This sculpture is accompanied by an expert report from Dr. Alfred Schädler, München, dated 7 February 1996 confirming the attribution of the work based on first hand examination.

A Report from RCD RadioCarbon Dating, Oxfordshire, no.RCD-8224, 6 May 2014, indicates that the wood dates between 1299 and 1413 (95% confidence intervals). This is consistent with a report from Prof. Dr. Pieter M. Grootes, Leibniz Labor für Altersbestimmung und Isotopenforschung, Kiel, no. KIA2480, 27 August 1997

Date:  1st half of 14th century
Period:  Middle Ages, 14th century
Origin:  Mosan
Medium: Boxwood
Dimensions: 32.5 x 15.5 x 9 cm (12³/₄ x 6¹/₈ x 3¹/₂ inches)
Provenance: Private collection, London
Literature: H. Suckale and R. Didier (eds.), Schöne Madonnen am Rhein, exhibition catalogue (LVR-Landesmuseum Bonn, 26 November 2009 – 25 April 2010) (Seemann, Leipzig, 2009), pp. 192-196, 205, nos. 18, 20, 23, 36