Anonymous sale, London, Bonham's, 5 December 2007, lot 90, where acquired by the present owner.
The bishop portrayed here appears to be Saint Liborius, Bishop of Le Mans (d. 397), to whom, since the 13th century, those suffering from gallstones prayed for assistance after Archbishop Werner von Eppstein was reportedly healed of the affliction on visiting the bishop's shrine in 1267. His feast day of 23 July was added to the Roman Calendar in 1702 by Pope Clement XI, who apparently also suffered from the complaint.
The canvas has a firm lining that has not overly flattened the paint surface. The varnish is clear and even, and no major damages are visible. The painting is in overall excellent condition.
Inspection under ultra violet light reveals a few spot retouchings in the shadows, one of two in the right cuff of the Saint, and at the centre of the bottom margin. To the right of the Saint's left arm/ elbow there is a small well restored old damage that is retouched. It is quite possible there is some strengthening to the dark background underneath the varnish.
In excellent condition with no further work required.
Offered in a carved and gilt wood frame in good condition. "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."