A selection of Romanesque and medieval works, sculptures and reliefs from the 11th century to the 13th century. Roman statuary and architectural elements such as capitals and modillions or friezes.

Enthroned Virgin XIIIth century. 

Enthroned Virgin in carved walnut, hollow back. Seated on a bench-throne, her bust erect, Mary carries the Child on her left knee in a frontal position; oval face with protruding eyes stretched towards the temples, pointed chin, thin-lipped mouth; head wearing a crown placed on a veil descending to the shoulders; she is dressed in a dress with a simple neckline, belted at the waist, and a coat with open sides. Dressed in a long tunic, the Child, with mid-length hair with curved ends, is also crowned.


Enthroned Madonna and Child. 13th century.

Important Virgin and Child in carved wood, carved back. Sitting on a throne bench, Mary carries Christ seated on her left knee. The Virgin has a face with stylized features with semicircular eyebrow arches, almond-shaped eyes with protruding eyeballs. Marie is wearing a belted dress with a simple neckline and a coat with a flap that goes back to the front. Tiny traces of polychromy.


Romanesque capital sculpted on all sides. Important Romanesque capital decorated with masks.

This rare capital of the first Romanesque art presents an ox mask on one side, a monster mask on the adjacent side and two rosettes on the other sides. The basket is decorated with plant motifs and acanthus leaves.


Carolingian capital. Pre-Romanesque marble.

Small marble capital from the Carolingian period decorated on all sides. This pre-Romanesque capital is decorated with masks with an acanthus leaf decoration on the basket.
Trephine work characteristic of the period.


Romanesque wall capital. First Romanesque art Saintonge.

Rare and early Romanesque impost or applique capital of a Romanesque half-column. Due to its origin (Aulnay), it precedes the exceptional sculptures of the Saint-Pierre church in Aulnay-en-Saintonge, and more particularly the sculptures adorning the capitals of this church with a striking analogy with the large mask of the capital of the nave on the south side. Our capital, probably coming from the church which preceded the new construction of the 12th century, is the prototype.


Corbel depicting a crowned queen. Romanesque art Poitou.

Important corbel depicting a queen with heraldic lily crown. The features are reminiscent of the Romanesque sculptures of Poitou. A possibly depiction of Eleanor of Aquitaine, queen of France and wife of Louis VII. The corbels featuring Eleanor of Aquitaine are known in Poitou.


Pre-Romanesque capital. Carolingian Empire

Capital with large smooth stylized and cubic leaves. Abacus with a macaroon and horizontal stripes. Style of the late Merovigian period and early Carolingian period. Comes from a property on the site of the former abbey of Saint-Basle de Verzy (7th century). In 991, Hugues Capet convened the Council of Saint-Basle de Verzy at the abbey of Verzy to judge Arnoul, son of Lothaire.


Roman capital decorated with masks. Corinthian type altered.

Capital with large smooth leaves and fruit on the corner horns of the abacus. Corinthian epannelage, indented abacus.


Historiated Romanesque capital. Sculpture in high relief.

Very important engaged capital from the Romanesque period depicting Saint-Thomas and the Christ between two columns. On the side faces, holy women under Romanesque arches.

 


Head of crowned king. Romanesque art.

An exceptional plastic in the Cluny tradition. Part probably coming from a portal or arch. Burgundy, first quarter of the 12th century, to compare with the works of the masters of Vezelay and Autun.

 


Carolingian sculpture. Pluteus Element

Exceptional Carolingian marble pluteus element from the San Salvatore abbey in Orvieto, Italy. The frieze shows crosses and a bird in typical 9th ​​century tracery. Pluteus elements of this size are rare for this period and mainly kept in religious buildings or museums.

 


Romanesque corbel. South West of France.

Hairless and stylized mask with almond-shaped eyes and hollow pupils. Piece from the collection of Doctor Stephen Chauvet (1885-1950) and probably coming from the surroundings of Monpazier (Dordogne) where he had a residence and collected works from this period during the Second World War.

 


Important pre-romanesque capital. Carolingian sculpture.

Large pre-romanesque capital with two birds facing each other turning away. Interlacing frieze on the basket.

 


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The romanesque sculpture is mainly architectural and the works, with some exceptions as the enthroned wooden virgins , mainly come from religious buildings. Romanesque sculpture decorates capitals, corbels, columns and pillars but also porches, tympanums and arches. These often stylized works and fragments have become relatively rare on the market. The Ekinium gallery is passionately looking for these works with such a particular aesthetic.

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