|Description:||I believe it is a traveling icon.|
|Condition:||Some wear on the gold finish. Tri-fold, hinged together. I believe it is wooden. Has 3 pictures on the inside. and some neat details. Paint is gold and turquoise. On the back bottom left, there seems to be the initials SM and a shield etched on it.|
|Origin:||The item was given to me when my great grandmother passed away in 1986, she was 82 years old. I will be emailing pictures, unable to load|
|Provenance:||I don't know anything else about it.|
|Appraised By:||Sara Kinch|
|Appraiser Comments:||Thank you for your patience with the completion of this appraisal. I did receive the photos and they were very helpful. The artwork that you have submitted for inquiry appears to be a portable altarpiece that has been created by an unknown artist. These small altars are also known as retablos, the word originated from the Latin "retabulum" which translated means "behind the table or altar”. The altars originated in Europe and are noted as early as the Holy Crusades when Christian nobles and knights, far from home, carried the small altars to use for their prayers. The altars were most often designed with carved, three-dimensional statues which were placed inside a decorated frame. The altars could consist of one framed piece, or two hinged frames (diptych) or three hinged frames (triptych). The portable altarpieces most often were designed after the large altarpieces that were a part of the interiors in Roman Catholic churches. (Altarpieces are a part many other religions, but for the purpose of this appraisal I refer to the altarpieces as they pertain to Catholicism). The altarpiece that you possess may be designed after one of the beautiful carved altarpieces that were created during the 11th and 12th Centuries and installed in Gothic style churches or cathedrals. The triptych that you possess appears to be made of carved and impressed wood. The interior figures in your altarpiece are The Virgin Mary and Christ Child as the central figures. The Virgin and Child are flanked by cherubs. The image of Virgin Mary and Jesus are very similar to a painting created by Italian Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510). There is also a similar original artwork of the Madonna and Child created by Renaissance artist Raphael. A great many of the altarpieces do have the virgin and child depicted with halos on their heads, unlike the Virgin and Child in the Botticelli painting where the figures are not depicted with halos. The figures that make up the altarpiece are lithographed prints which are applied to the wooden backing. The angels that are depicted on the right and left wing of the altarpiece are also lithographed pieces. The two angels appear to be reproductions of two of the many beautiful angels created by another Italian Renaissance artist, Fra Angelico. The triptych that you possess may have been created during the early 20th Century and could have been produced in Europe. For the purpose of this appraisal, the artwork is appraised as a portable altarpiece created during the early 20th Century and composed of lithographed images on carved, polychromed and gilded wooden support. Thank you for your inquiry. Sara Kinch|
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