RELATED LITERATURE S. Guillot de Suduiraut, Dévotion et Séduction, Sculptures souabes des musées de France (vers 1460-1530), exh. cat. Louvre Museum, Paris, 2015, pp. 240-247.
While Michael Erhart and Niclaus Weckmann's workshops began to decline, Daniel Mauch (1477-1540), a new influential figure of Swabian sculpture, in Ulm. The highly individualized expressions of the present figures with thin and protruding noses, the peaceful smiling female faces - contrasting with the emaciated masculine faces with stronger features - and the Virgin's long wavy hair divided in large curly strands are part of Mauch's legacy. The Holy Kinship, like many subjects related to the Virgin, was very popular in Swabia until the Reformation. One could mention the altarpiece with the Holy Kinship, by Daniel Mauch, circa 1510-1515, in the Saint-Francis-Xavier Chapel (Bieselbach), and another relief, circle of Mauch (Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, inv. no. Pl.0.199).
Non-active wood worming is visible to the surface throughout, notably to the lower part and to Saint Anne. Both the Virgin's hands, Saint Anne's left hand, Jesus' proper right arm, Saint Joseph's tool and the tip of the pilaster to the left are replacements. There is a loss to the front of Saint Anne's veil. Christ’s left arm is replaced and a split is visible through his body. "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."