This acephalous statuette represents a character dressed in an ample garment with heavy folds, closed by a round brooch at the collar. It is a weeper ('pleurant ou plouran'), of a type which accompanied the deceased on the sarcophagi in the 14th and 15th centuries. If the tradition of the mourners dates back to the royal tombs of Royaumont, it is in Burgundy and in the artistic and political world of Burgundy that the tradition developed the most, carried by the striking verism of the Sluterian tradition, extended and enriched by Werve, from the Huerta and the Moiturier.
In our figurine, the very vivid rendering of the hands around the closed book - of which we can still distinguish a cord, is particularly noticeable.
Limestone, erosion, and traces of gray paint.
Provenance: private Burgundy collection, public auction
Mounted on a pleasant base from the early 20th century
Total height: 40 cm
Dimension of the statuette: height: 31 cm - width: 14 cm - depth: 10 cm Total weight with the base: 5 Kg
4 800 €