Mother & Child

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LOT 29

Lot 29

AFTER RAPHAEL (1483–1520), Italian

AFTER RAPHAEL (1483–1520), Italian
Lot 29 Details
AFTER RAPHAEL (1483–1520), Italian


oil on canvas
painted as a tondo, the square cut canvas laid down to a support board within a shaped frame opening 

Tondo/Overall 29.5 ins x 29.5 ins; 74.9 cms x 74.9 cms; 30 ins x 29.5 ins; 76.2 cms x 74.9 cms

Estimate $1,000-$1,500

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AFTER RAPHAEL (1483–1520), Italian
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  • AFTER RAPHAEL (1483–1520), Italian

Private Collection, Toronto


The Madonna of the Chair was painted by Raphael between 1513 and 1514. It was probably a work painted for a private client, possibly for Pope Leo X. 

The original version of this composition is in the collection of the Palatine gallery, Palazzo Pitti, Florence.


The background has cockling overall. The paint looks brittle in places where it heaves slightly. There is a small area of paint loss to the bottom left on the turned chair post. There is a U-shaped tear in the canvas at the top of the chair post at left and another tear in the canvas to the right (it is a vertical tear at the right near the baby's golden clothing that measures about 2" in length). There is a crack in the paint under this and additional cracks in other places. The canvas would benefit from a cleaning.

Ultraviolet light examination: there are touches of overpaint, not an excessive amount, on top of the dirt. The frame has a chipped lower left corner and it is commensurate with age.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and mandated government restrictions, Waddington’s regrets that we are unable to make lots from this auction available for pre-auction, in-person inspection. This condition report has been prepared by Waddington’s as a courtesy and has been provided for guidance only. The Lot is offered in the condition it is in at the time of sale. Any reference to condition in the report for the Lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the Lot form part of the condition report for the Lot provided by Waddington’s. Please note, certain images of the Lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the Lot and may represent colours and shades which are different to the Lot's actual colour and shades. Waddington’s specialists are not professional conservators or restorers and the report set forth is a statement of opinion genuinely held by Waddington’s. Prospective buyers should bear in mind that this report will not disclose any imperfections which may only be revealed during the course of subsequent restoration. Buyers are reminded that Waddington’s warranties with respect to any property are limited as set forth in the Conditions of Sale and do not extend to condition.

LOT 29

About Condition Ratings

  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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