The present figure possibly depicts St John the Evangelist, but does not include the Eagle, his traditional attribute. The saint's features, with a symmetrical face and broad nose, compare to 15th century Spanish wood sculpture.
There are areas of loss due to worming, in particular to the Saint's arms and hands and the drapery on the proper right side. There are further losses to the toes and the folds of drapery at the front. There is some stable splitting to the wood, particularly at the back. Otherwise the condition is good, with further wear and some dirt to the surface consistent with age. There is a cabochon, probably glass, set into the Saint's chest. "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."