This charming little Gothic incense burner compares with the small tower held by a late 15th-century French, Norman, stone statue of St. Barbara in the Musée de Cluny, Paris (inv. no. CI. 14276). Note the similar pitched roof with flame-like finials.
There is dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There are small chips and losses throughout, in particular, to the decoration above the door, and the edges of the roof and to the back. There are further small chips and abrasions to the remaining edges and corners. There is both a chip and a fissure at the top of the roof at the back. There are remnants of redish polychromy on the roof at the back, and at the right side at the back. There are particular areas of scratches and abrasions to both sides towards the back and to the backside. There is blackening to the interior and to the front above the door. There oxidation to the iron door. There is a blue plastic label to the underside inscribed: BRIT FP.N/6413. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."