In the possession of the family of the current owner since the 19th century.
We are grateful to Andrea De Marchi for suggesting the attribution to the Master of Casa Pendaglia. Professor De Marchi points out that this anonymous master also executed a fresco in the monastery of Sant'Antonio in Polesine, Ferrara, with an identically rendered St. Anthony Abbot.
The following condition report has been provided by Simon Parkes of Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc. 502 East 74th St. New York, NY 212-734-3920, firstname.lastname@example.org, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's. These two double sided panels are in very healthy condition. They have not been cleaned or restored in many years. While there is slight instability in the paint layer to the image of Saint Christopher, the stability throughout the remainder of the works is notable. It seems that the gilding may be original and all of the fine detail work throughout the four images is all very much intact. Some of the black background in the images of the two Saints has probably been repainted and these works were presumably framed in a different fashion. Cleaning and restoring will definitely be beneficial. The woodworm which seems to have very slightly affected both panels has ceased to be in issue long ago. "This lot is offered for sale subject to Sotheby's Conditions of Business, which are available on request and printed in Sotheby's sale catalogues. The independent reports contained in this document are provided for prospective bidders' information only and without warranty by Sotheby's or the Seller."