A highlight of the sale is work The Birth of Christ from the workshop of Hans Memling, a German painter of the Dutch school. Born around 1435 in Seligenstadt, Hans Memling acquired citizenship in 1465 in Bruges, a thriving international trading center, which belonged to the Duchy of Burgundy. Memling opened a workshop, where he employed apprentices and assistants. His clients included religious institutions, secular guilds and the rich Bruges bourgeoisie and international merchants. Over time, Memling's workshop developed into the most successful of its kind in Bruges.

Workshop of Hans Memling (Seligenstadt 1435/40–1494 Bruges) The Nativity Workshop of Hans Memling (Seligenstadt 1435/40–1494 Bruges) The Birth of Christ

The painting featured in the auction was made by a close colleague or student of Hemling's. Using models of the master, which were combined into a new composition, this way of reusing designs was customary and allowed great artists to create several important commissions at the same time, without compromising on the quality work of the master.

Dorotheum's sale from 19th-21st April which also feature furniture, sculpture, glass, porcelain, jewellery. The Old Masters section will take place on 21st April, 2016.

Check out the full catalogue on Barnebys here.

Comment