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Virgin and Child

Date:
ca. 1340
Geography:
Made in Ile-de-France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Marble, gilding
Dimensions:
Overall (with base): 32 x 9 1/2 x 6 5/16 in. (81.3 x 24.1 x 16 cm) without base: 30 3/8 x 9 3/8 x 5 5/16 in. (77.2 x 23.8 x 13.5 cm) Base: 1 5/8 x 9 1/2 x 6 5/16 in. (4.1 x 24.1 x 16 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Stone
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.721
  • Description

    This statuette is one of the most elegant images of the Virgin and Child produced in fourteenth-century France. The fine details of the carving as well as of the original gilding make this a most precious document of sculptural style associated with contemporary court patronage. This work may have been the gift of Jeanne d'Evreux (d. 1371), queen of France, to the Cistercian convent of Pont-aux-Dames, located near one of the royal chateaux.

    The original gilt metal crown is now lost, which explains the smooth rounded surface at the top of the virgin’s head. The eucharistic pyxis, held in the Virgin’s right hand and blessed by the Christ Child, prefigures the Passion.

  • Provenance

    From the Cistercian Abbey of Pont-aux-Dames (Seine & Marne); probably at the Church Saint-Georges, Couilly-Pont-aux-Dames (before 1899) (?); Charles Stein, Paris; J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)

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