Private collection, Ireland, since the 18th century
These characterful unfinished grotesque monsters are reminiscent of works by Damiano Capelli (fl. 1662-1668); see the group of a man with devils sold in these rooms on 2 July 2013, lot 71. A related, but different, figure was offered at Christie's on 9 December 1980, lot 202.
Overall the condition of the bronzes is good, with some wear and dirt to the surfaces consistent with age. There is particularly dirt in the crevices. One of the figures has remnants of original sprues which were not removed after the casting of the bronze; this may have been deliberate as they are appropriate for the subject. There are a small few lacunae as a result of the casting process, notably to one of the figures' top of the head and proper left elbow, and a larger one to the other figure's proper right upper arm at the back. There are also a few minor stable casting fissures, including to one of the figures' proper left arm. There is some wear to the lacquer patina of both bronzes, including rubbing at the high points and some flaking in areas. One of the figures slides and revolves on its base but is stably attached; the other rocks a little in its setting but is also stable.
The bases are in good condition with some dirt and general wear, including tarnishing to the metal mounts and some warping to the metal inlay. One of the feet of one of the bases is slightly loose but stable. There are several nicks and scratches to the wood. One of the bases rocks very slightly on an even surface. "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."