Caryatid

English (Lincoln?)
Medieval (Gothic)
first half of 14th century
Unidentified artist


Object Place: Europe, England

Dimensions

135.89 x 29.2 x 25.4 cm (53 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 10 in.)

Accession Number

62.670

Medium or Technique

Wood; oak

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture

Part of a set with 62.669

Provenance

Possibly from the destroyed presbytery adjoining Lincoln Cathedral, England [see note 1]. About 1930s, with Brimo de Larousselhe, Paris; sold by Brimo de Laroussilhe to Edward Fowles (1885-1971), Paris, London and New York, NY [see note 2]; 1962, sold by Fowles to the MFA for $2,000 [see note 3]. (Accession date: September 19, 1962)

NOTES:
[1] As reported by Brimo de Laroussilhe, according to Fowles. See P. Kidson, and J. Cannon, Courtauld Instituted Illustration Archives, Archive I: Cathedrals and Monastic Buildings in the British Isles, Part 7: Lincoln, London, 1978, 89-96, 150-64. Also see D. Gillerman, in "Gothic Sculpture in America," 1989, p. 50.
[2] Edward Fowles directed the Paris office of Duveen Brothers, Inc., from 1917 to 1938. He purchased the firm in 1939. In a letter of August 10, 1962 to Hanns Swarzenski, Fowles states that he purchased the sculptures from Brimo de Larousselhe for his private Paris residence "some thirty years ago." Fowles also notes that the sculptures "were lost during the war" but that they were later found.
[3] MFA accession nos. 62.669-62.670 were purchased together for this amount.

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund