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Sculptured Chimney piece

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Limestone. Upper part in relief with full-length figures of Judith and Holophernes flanking scenic circular medallion.


Mid-16th century, probably the Chateau de Boury-en-Vexin, Boury, France (original commission); 1902, chimney removed and sold [see note 1]. 1911, Raoul Heilbronner, Paris; 1911, sold by Heilbronner to William Randolph Hearst (b. 1863 - d. 1951), New York; 1944, sold by Hearst to the Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. N6042); 1948, sold by the Brummer Gallery to Beata (Mrs. Joseph) Brummer and Ernest Brummer; 1948, gift of Mrs. Joseph Brummer and Ernest Brummer to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 15, 1948) NOTES: [1] According to letters from Michel Zentz d'Alnois of the Chateau de Boury (April 30 and August 26, 1981). The present chateau at Boury was built in 1685. This chimney may have come from the original manor house, which was constructed in the sixteenth century. In 1902, the chimney was removed and sold to an unknown dealer. A photograph of 1897 shows the chimney installed at Boury.

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Gift of Mrs. Joseph Brummer and Ernest Brummer in memory of Joseph Brummer

French, about 1560

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Overall: 401.3 x 243.8 cm (158 x 96 in.) approximate dimensions

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