Large base of molded hexagonal pilaster in burgundy stone carved with vines, grapes and rosettes in high relief.
Burgundy, XV century
28 x 63 x 30 cm
Provenance : collection Demotte
This very large pilaster base decorated with vines leaves and entangled stems, grapes and rosettes was carved during the 14th century in France, probably in Burgundy as is confirmed by the compact grained limestone, slightly pink, typical of the Burgundy region. The vines leaves and grapes in very high relief, almost tuttotondo, curent around the hexagonal base of this beautiful pilaster base.
Medieval artists did not claim to be botanists, and therefore did not seek to restore a perfect physiognomy of plants. The inaccuracy of these representations gives free rein to the symbolic value, which accompanies the decorative one.
Therefor, the representation of the vine is not insignificant, if one refers to the biblical association of this plant with the figure of Christ and Eucharist : the grape gives the wine of eternal life, symbol of the blood of Christ.
The rose, also present at regular intervals in the present carved relief, symbolize the love and charity of the Virgin which is represented in the writings of Saint Bernard as "the rosa sine spina" or the rose without thorns.
But also, in medieval monumental sculpture, the plant decoration is exploited for their ornamental quality of leaves, stems, fruits or flowers: projecting veins, very cut out profiles, long rolled stems.
In the 13th and 14th century cathedrals, a decoration borrowed from the vegetal repertoire is found on all the sculpted or molded parts of the architecture, the slender lines of which it emphasizes and exalts.
This pilaster base comes from the collection of Georges Joseph Demotte (1877-1923) famous art dealer of Belgian origin specialized in Medieval French sculpture. Central figure of the international art market at the beginning of the 20th century, Demotte founded two sumptuous galleries in Paris and New York where he attracted important private collectors and institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
18 000 €