Altura is an ancient Spanish town in the comarca of Alto Palancia, Castellón, near Valencia. This mirror was probably commissioned by one of its religious institutions, the most famous of which was the Cartuja de Vall de Crist, a monastery later abandoned and of which only ruins now remain.
This frame now converted into a mirror is in reasonably good condition, with marks and scratches consistent with age. There are faint construction cracks showing and minor losses, flaking and chipping throughout. The original gilt and silvered surface with tarnishing throughout. There are two losses to the silver of the mirror plate, which also present some light foxing. The lower-right pierced scroll has been broken and repaired; there is one further repair to the upper-left scroll. Two hairline cracks are visible on the base of the cresting. The finial to the crown, broken, is missing. This piece will greatly benefit from a light clean. "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."