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Douwes Fine Art

Adoration with the female patron kneeling at the left
Oak with original polychrome paint
Northern France, circa 1525-1530
76 x 62 cm
Possibly commissioned for a private chapel
Provenance: sold at Drouot 18 March 1890, the collection of Mr. Dubessy, lot 112; thence by descent; Jan Muller Antiques, Ghent, 2017; private collection, The Netherlands
Literature: Catalogue des objets d'art et d'ameublement des XVe, XVIe, XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles […], - le tout appartenant à M. Dubessy [Chevallier, 1890], n° 112

We thank Mr. Jan Dirven for his expert help to describe this piece.

This polychrome sculpture with an adoration scene, shows a kneeling female patron, surrounded by the holy family. It was not uncommon for patrons who commissioned the sculpture to be portrayed. Some slight overpaint is visible, mainly in the flesh tones (‘inkarnaten’), probably from a restauration in the 19th century.