Anonymous sale, Munich, Neumeister Kunstauktionen, 27 June 2007, lot 684; There purchased by the present collector.
Christoph Schwarz is most notable as a proponent of Venetian painting in southern Germany in 16th century Germany. Schwarz travelled to Italy between 1570-1573, and the influence of his Venetian sojourn is evident in the color palette of Christ on the way to Cavalry. Schwarz enjoyed commercial success during his lifetime and was a court painter in his native Munich during the latter part of his career. Christ on the way to Cavalry was most likely executed after 1580, when the artist was painting small devotional scenes on copper.
The copper plate is flat. The paint surface has been very well preserved and the retention of detail is very good throughout. The colors remain fresh. Examination under UV shows some small isolated dots of retouching in the sky and some, though even fewer, on the figures and horse at right. This painting is presentable and can be hung as is.
In a faux ebony wood frame. 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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.