It represents a magnificent angel renting a censer. This panel from an altarpiece is on sale on February 4 in Toulouse at the Chapelle des Carmélites.
In July 2021, the panel of an altarpiece dated around 1520 and signed by the German painter Bernhard Strigel (1461-1508), was found during an inventory with a family in an apartment in downtown Toulouse. “It is under a pile of forgotten paintings, relates Pauline Maringe, auctioneer for the company Artpaugée in Toulouse. It represents an angel renting a censer and is particularly well preserved. It was a wonderful surprise. The owner himself was very moved at the sight of this angel who, according to him, had to protect his family ”.
An unpublished work estimated between 600,000 and 800,000 euros
This panel, inscribed at the junction between the late Gothic and the German Renaissance is currently on display at the Turquin cabinet in Paris, until January 28. “This altarpiece was authenticated because a panel composing it was already acquired in 2008 by the Louvre Abu Dhabi (Arab Emirates), estimates the auctioneer. Everything is similar: the wood, the essence, the dimensions and the composition with the figure of the angel occupying the entire canvas. It is also the “paw” of the painter Bernhard Strigel. An altarpiece commissioned by the church of Memmingen in Germany, the painter’s birthplace ”.
Under the altarpiece, it is assumed that there were four small panels representing sleeping soldiers. “Three of them are exhibited at the Munich Museum and a third at the Museum in York (United Kingdom),” says Pauline Maringe. All are part of this group which was certainly dismantled at the time of the Reformation in Germany where this kind of subject was not welcome ”.
An unpublished work estimated between 600,000 and 800,000 €. “In the long term, we hope that this work will stay in Toulouse or at least that it will not leave French soil. For that it is necessary that the State names it “National Treasure”.
This panel will be exhibited in Toulouse at the Chapelle des Carmélites (1 rue de Périgord) on February 2 and 3 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Before the sale on February 4, the expert will give a lecture at 6 p.m. at the Chapel.