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Dr. Oertel, Munich; May 7, 1913, Oertel sale, Rudolph Lepke, Berlin, lot 129 [see note 1], sold for M 2000. Fischmann, Munich [see note 2]; sold by Fischmann to Dr. Siegfried Josef Thannhauser (b. 1885 - d. 1962), Brookline, MA; 1962, gift of Dr. Siegfried J. Thannhauser to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 11, 1962) NOTES: [1] A label affixed to the back of the sculpture says that it came from the collection of Dr. Oertel, Munich, and was sold in Berlin, May 1913, lot 129. This particular lot, which is not illustrated in the auction catalogue, measures 131 cm., while the MFA sculpture measures about 73 cm. Lot 129 does, however, match the description of the MFA sculpture, specifying identical areas of damage. No other lot in the sale matches the description of the MFA sculpture. [2] This information is taken from Edward R. Lubin's appraisal of Dr. Thannhauser's collection (February 14, 1962; in the MFA curatorial file). It may refer to the dealer Norbert Fischmann of Munich and London. The label on the back of the sculpture (as above, n. 1) indicates that Thannhauser purchased this through Helbing, Munich; whether this was at a sale of Fischmann's possessions, or Fischmann was simply the agent for the sale, is not known.

Credit Line

Gift of S. J. Thannhauser in memory of his wife, Franziska Reiner Thannhauser

Austrian (Tyrol), Medieval (Gothic), about 1470

Object Place

Tirol, Austria


Overall: 99.1 x 64.8 x 40.6 cm (39 x 25 1/2 x 16 in.) Other (UHDW pad with 1/4" low density pad "Volara"): 64.8 x 35.6 cm (25 1/2 x 14 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Pine with polychromy