Lot 108
  • 108

South German School, early 16th century

6,000 - 8,000 GBP
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  • South German School, Early 16th Century
  • The Annunciation
  • oil on panel


The following condition report is provided by Henry Gentle who is an external specialist and not an employee of Sotheby's: The soft wood support has been cradled, the cradle allowing minimal movement resulting in recent horizontal splits. There is evidence of old worm damage to the support. The paint surface is raised and unstable, particularly through the figure of the Angel Gabriel , where previous restoration has been carried out, much of it excessive and insensitively applied. Pronounced shrinkage of the paint layer ,in evidence to the dress of Gabriel and the Virgin and also seen in the lectern, has led to disruption of the paint in these areas and insensitively applied restoration. Gilding behind the Virgin's head has been abraded, with an attempt at recent reconstruction. Delamination to the paint layer through Gabriel's mantle and the fabric over the lectern has occurred with some original gilding remaining. Fine vertical shrinkage cracking is evident in some areas. Some passages of the painting remain in good condition and removal of the discoloured varnish would improve the overall tonality.
"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."

Catalogue Note

Perhaps from the same altarpiece as the panel depicting The Death of the Virgin, sold in these rooms on 27 October 2015, lot 491. The treatment of the fabrics, the facial type of the Virgin, and her halo are particularly comparable, along with the very close similarities in dimensions.