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King Clothar II and an Attendant

ca. 1500–1525
Oak, painted
Overall: 21 1/2 x 7 5/8 x 5 in. (54.6 x 19.4 x 12.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 305
This elegant late Gothic relief of Clothar II (d. 629), Merovingian king of the Franks, is part of a scene from a dismantled retable, still in the church of Recloses, in which he receives two gold saddles from the reknowned goldsmith Saint EIoi, or Eligius.
From the church of Recloses, near Fontainebleau; Church of Recolses, near Fontainebleau ; [ Jacques Seligmann, New York and Paris]; Philip Lydig, New York; Rita de Acosta Lydig (American, 1880–1929), New York (sold 1913); Lydig Collection sale, American Art Association, New York (April 4, 1913, no. 41); [ Jacques Seligmann, New York and Paris (1913)]; George and Florence Blumenthal, Paris and New York (in 1926-1941)
Illustrated Catalogue of the Rita Lydig Collection. New York: American Art Association, April 4, 1913. no. 63, ill.

Rubinstein-Bloch, Stella. Catalogue of the Collection of George and Florence Blumenthal, New York: Volume 2, Sculpture and Bronzes, Mediaeval and Renaissance. Paris: A. Lévy, 1926. pl. IX.

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