Panel from a Tomb
Unidentified artist (Swedish)
56.5 x 32.4 x 6.4 cm (22 1/4 x 12 3/4 x 2 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Stone; alabaster, blue glass, and parcel gilding
Not On View
Part of a set with two other panels (66.384, 66.386).
Possibly from a royal tomb, monastery church at Poblet, near Barcelona, Spain (original commission) [see note 1]. By 1923, Jacques Seligmann et Fils, Paris; April 20, 1926, sold by Seligmann to Myron C. Taylor (b. 1874 - d. 1959), New York; November 11-12, 1960, Taylor estate sale, Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, lot 898. Possibly with Blumka Gallery, New York [see note 2]. By 1966, Jack Linsky (b. 1897 - d. 1980), New York; 1966, gift of Jack Linsky to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 1, 1966)
 Mildred Stapley Byne wrote about the reliefs to Seligmann (November 23, 1923): "I should say that your frieze was the side slab of one of the royal tombs in Poblet, as the few which remain in the transept and nave of the church are very similar." The letter indicates Mrs. Byne's familiarity with the pieces, but does not suggest the name of a previous owner. When they were accessioned in 1966, the reliefs were believed to have come from the tomb of Pedro VI de Queralt in the sanctuary of Belloch de Santa Coloma de Queralt.  Blumka was consulted about the reliefs when they were acquired and appraised them. It is not clear whether the gallery had owned them, or was simply called in for advice.
Gift of Jack Linsky