CIRCLE OF JOSÉ RISUEÑO (1665-1732), SPANISH, GRANADA, EARLY 18TH CENTURY | PAIR OF RELIEFS WITH BUSTS OF CHRIST AND THE VIRGIN
CIRCLE OF JOSÉ RISUEÑO (1665-1732)
SPANISH, GRANADA, EARLY 18TH CENTURY
PAIR OF RELIEFS WITH BUSTS OF CHRIST AND THE VIRGIN
polychromed terracotta on gilt and polychromed wood, in glazed gilt wood frames
reliefs: 26 by 20cm., 10¼ by 7⅞in. each
frames: 42 by 33cm., 16½ by 13in. each
Overall the condition of the terracotta reliefs is good with minor dirt and wear to the surfaces consistent with age. Christ appears to have lost much of the Crown of Thorns (what survives could be a replacement). The paint is in good condition with minor wear. It is possible that there could be some repainting, possibly to the Virgin's blue mantle since there are traces of a lighter blue in areas. There are a few small areas where the paint has flaked. There is wear to the backboards onto which the reliefs have been placed: arched joints have opened up with loss to the paint and gesso. There is general wear to the frames: stable splitting to the wood; minor loss to the gilding and gesso ground; some splashes of dirt.
"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."
These masterful small terracotta busts of the Virgin and Christ bear a striking resemblance to the work of the celebrated Granada sculptor José Risueño. Compare with his Virgin Dolorosa in the Museo Nacional de Escultura in Madrid (inv. no. CE1132) and his Head of St John the Baptist in the same museum (inv. no. CE2879). Note also the famous St Joseph with the Christ Child in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (inv. no. 313-1864). Risueño was a master at small scale devotional works in polychromed terracotta.