Sotheby's London, 17 March 1961, lot 16; with Jan Dirven, Antwerp; private collection, the Netherlands
The drapery style and the treatment to the hair and faces of these arresting figures, with almond eyes and undulating hair and beard, recall sculptural representations emanating from Eastern France, in particular the Lorraine region. Note the tympanum above the South entrance of St. Mary's church in Vic-sur-seille illustrated by J. A. Schmoll gen. Eisenwerth, Die Lothringische Skulptur des 14. Jahrhunderts: Ihre Voraussetzungen in der Südchampagne und ihre ausserlothringischen Beziehungen, Petersberg, 2005, pp. 320-322 and 337-338.
The relief is a fragment from a larger ensemble, and as a result there are losses to the proper left side of the figures. The piece has been placed outdoors in the past, and consequently there is weathering to the stone throughout, which has caused minor erosion to the surface. There are some further minor losses, including to the nose and mouth and proper right hand of the man on crutches. There are a few rust-coloured stains, and a few further dirt marks. There is a small reattachment, with glue residue, to the proper right hand of the figure on crutches. There are two small holes to the reverse, one with plastic fill.
There is minor wear to the modern metal base, including some scratching. "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."