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Carved limestone Saint Bavon, sketched back. Represented as a civil figure like a 15th century lord, he is standing with his head wearing a chaperone's hat, his right hand to his chaplain attached to his belt; face with fine, personalised features with a toupee on the forehead, frowning eyebrows, protruding cheekbones, mouth sketching a smile and a small goatee; clothes with fine details: long fur-lined dress with raised sleeve cuffs, high collar and full-length slit at the front, coat held at the chest by two ties, one of which is turned over on his right shoulder; the folds of the dress fall vertically and flare downwards. Champagne or Berry, mid 15th centuryHeight: 58.5 cm - Width: 20 cm - Depth: 14.5 cm(some epauflures and lacks, notably the falcon he was holding on his left wrist, head reattached, remains of iron pegs)Works consulted: J. Baudoin, Bourgogne, Franche-Comté,La sculpture flamboyante, Ed. Créer, 1993, n°118-119 p.90;Dôle / Poligny 2007 exhibition, La sculpture du XVe siècle enFranche-Comté de Jean sans Peur à Marguerite d'Autriche (1404-1530), Musée des Beaux-Arts / Collégiale Saint-Hyppolite et Chapelle de la Congrégation, 2007, pp. 34-37. The representations of Saint Bavo of Ghent (or Saint Thibault of Provins) give sculptors the opportunity to interpret the image of a person of high birth, archetypal lord of their time. This type of figure can also be found in Burgundian mourning processions such as the bronze ones that adorned the tomb of Isabella of Bourbon, now kept in the Rijksmuseum (inv. Am.33-a-j). Jean IV Duke of Brabant gives a good example of this (fig.a). These figures of a lord giving alms, with his chaplain at the belt, and holding a falcon, mainly present in Burgundy, have often been recognized as Saints Thibault de Provins.

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