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22 November 2018

Fine British and European Sculpture

Lot 2

A French sculpted and polychrome painted wood model of Christ

Estimate £5000 - £8000 + fees

A French sculpted and polychrome painted wood model of Christ, Ecce Homo, circa 1500, traditionally portrayed wearing the Crown of Thorns, His head turned to dexter, His hair falling around His shoulders to a cloak, His wrists bound with rope before Him, lightly draped across His loins; on a loosely rectangular base

142cm high, 51cm wide



Purchased in south-western France by the current vendor's grandfather, Sir Herbert Hughes-StantonRA RWS (1870 ~ 1937), for his French residence at Place Grimaldi, Haut de Cagnes on the French Riviera

Sir Herbert Edwin Pelham Hughes-Stanton was a British watercolour and oil painter, predominantly of landscapes. He was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy in November 1913, elected a full Royal Academician in 1920 and knighted in 1923. He was an Officier lOrdre Leopold II] and a member of the Royal Watercolour Society from 1909 and its President from 1920 until 1936

Stanton was a highly active buyer and collected avidly, filling his Côte d'Azur house, and his other properties -Scarsdale Lodge in Kensington and Titchfield House in Hampshire with high quality and often early works of art



The present Ecce Homo is highly comparable with other examples from France, although it can be argued that portrayals had by this time become rather generic. Still, its similarity to for instance, a carved and painted Ecce Homo possibly made near Cherbourg and held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is striking (Accession Number 1945-25-95). The look of calmness, almost resignation in Christ's face, beneath a very thickly cut Crown of Thorns, the very light treatment of the ribcage, and of course the cloak, are all strikingly similar

Other comparable examples have been attributed to Flanders, - cf Sotheby's London, Old Master Sculpture and Works of Art, 3rd December 2014, lot 31, so it would seem reasonable to suggest that in these examples there is a recognisably specific Ecce Homo type, perhaps identifiable as being characteristic of northern France and the Chanel coast up to Brussels