This sculpture originally stood high on the choir screen of Strasbourg Cathedral. Its place of honor near the center was marked by a canopy with angels holding a crown over the Virgin’s head. A rosebush stood next to Mary and the now-missing Child, linking Mary with Isaiah’s prophecy about the coming of the Messiah: "And there shall come forth a rod out of the root of Jesse, and a flower shall rise up out of his root." The choir screen was removed in 1682, as part of a wider effort to allow the faithful to see the altar.
From the former choir screen of the Cathedral of Strasbourg; C. Joret, Paris ; [ Henri Daguerre, Paris ] ; J. H. Fitzhenry (until d. 1913) ; his sale, Christie, Manson and Woods (November 18-19, 24-26, 1913) ; [ Alphonse Kann French, Paris (1/2 interest sold 1933)] ; [ Demotte Inc., Paris and New York (1/2 interest sold 1933) ] ; [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (1933–sold 1947) ]
Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "The Middle Ages: Treasures from The Cloisters and The Metropolitan Museum of Art," January 18, 1970–March 29, 1970.
Chicago. Art Institute of Chicago. "The Middle Ages: Treasures from The Cloisters and The Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 16, 1970–July 5, 1970.