This dynamic figure of the Archangel St Michael compares closely with crèche figures by the 18th-century Neapolitan sculptor Salvatore di Franco in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Compare, for example, with the seated Virgin in the Metropolitan's crèche group (inv. no. 64.164.1a.b); note the same narrowed almond-shaped eyes and broad face.
Overall, the condition of the crèche figure is good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. Some of the chain mail has been lost, in particular to the lower scalloped edge. It is possible that some elements of the clothing could be replaced, possibly the blue velvet. Consistent with the technique, the matrix of the figure is made of straw. This is partially visible at the back, which is not entirely covered by the clothes. The clothes are held together with pins. The handle of the sword is in the form of a screw, and the pommel is slightly loose. It is possible that some of the paint may have been refreshed, in particular the hair. There is craquelure to the paint. There are also some losses to the paint, such as at St Michael's proper left wrist. There are some small losses to the fabrics, including to the undershorts, which have a slightly mottled colour. There are some minor splits running through the proper left glazed eye. There is general wear to the polychromy and silvering at the base. The base is probably contemporary with the sculpture. There are four small holes to the reverse. There are three large holes and some smaller holes to the underside of the base. "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."