On 14 November 2018, by Philippe Dufour
French School, c. 1400-1410, "Un moine franciscain en prière devant la Vierge et l’Enfant Jésus présenté par saint Louis de Toulouse, à droite saint André ", tempera on panel, 42 x 23 cm.
Pre-empted by Musée du Louvre.
The De Baecque & Associés auction house certainly celebrated its tenth anniversary in style, for the star of its sale on 12 November was none other than a remarkable French Primitive from around 1400. After a fierce bidding battle, the panel with a gold background, showing "A Franciscan monk in prayer before the Virgin and Infant Jesus, presented by St Louis of Toulouse, with St Andrew on the right" rocketed up to €1,025,000! Having remained for decades with one family in France's Centre region, the tiered composition, painted in tempera on wood, was only attributed to the French (and probably Parisian) school in the 1960s. Today, Frédéric Elsig, professor at the University of Geneva and a specialist of the period, attributes it to the circle of the Master of the Small Circular Pietà. It is hardly surprising that the Musée du Louvre hastened to exercise its right of preemption, given the extreme rarity of the work and its importance for the history of art. It now joins the relatively small corpus of pictures that have come down to us from that period.