Lot 3339

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  • Title: Renaissance Old Master Altarpiece Adoration of the Magi Oil Painting Christ Child Virgin Mary Nobleman Wise Men Ermine Collar Attendants Tabernacle Frame Gothic Medieval Subject
  • Description: Absolutely stunning Renaissance Old Master altarpiece featuring the Christ as a child and the Virgin Mary receiving offerings from the Three Wise Men; however, this piece is likely commissioned by a Renaissance Nobleman, who has had himself portrayed as the kneeling man to show his lineage to Christ, and therefore justify his authority and legitimize his power through divine-right. The painting has a gilded under-layer that shines through the accents of each Wise Man, but is especially prevalent on the kneeling subject, lending more credence to this individual being the cameo of the commissioning aristocrat. The frame is not original to the altarpiece, but is exceptionally well-done and adds a tremendous depth to the piece, as well as providing the tabernacle setting typically associated with the birth of Christ. This piece is part of an estate collection of five paintings, each appearing in this auction. Though they differ in subject matter, age, and artist, they are all together a fantastic collection.
  • Type of Piece: Oil Painting.
  • Measurements: 37.5 x 20.5 inches.
  • Condition: Panel has old split with a butterfly repair. Frame is a post-WWII custom carved addition.
  • Provenance: From the estate of U.S. Marine and 1952 Helsinki Olympian Jaime Annexy Fajardo of Puerto Rico and his wife Pan-American games tennis star Monica Annexy. The Annexy’s both inherited many fine antiques and were themselves avid collectors in the Continental taste, settling in an expensive landmark home overlooking Spring Bayou in Tarpon Spring, FL, the site of the famous, annual Greek Orthodox Epiphany Cross-Diving festival.
  • Estimated weight of piece: 17 lbs.
  • Described By: Sam CNX 1537 7840
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    March 2, 2024 12:00 PM EST
    Saint Petersburg , FL, US

    Hess Fine Art

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