Property from a Distinguished Belgian Private Collection
SOUTHERN NETHERLANDISH, 15TH CENTURY
marked with three bars to the underside
Overall the condition of the wood is very good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There are a few small losses, in particular to the Saint’s proper right hand and to the end of the piece of drapery held in the Saint’s proper left hand. There is minor stable splitting to the wood, consistent with the material, including some slightly open splits to the proper right shoulder. There are a few chips to the edges of the base, including to one of the toes on the proper left foot, and a slightly larger chip on the proper left side. A corner of the Saint’s drapery at the bottom on the proper right side is slightly loose but stable.
"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.
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Gazan Collection, Dilbeek, Belgium;
Private collection, Belgium
Compare to the slightly earlier Heers Peter and Paul by the eponymous Master, particularly the face of Saint Peter, and a seated St Peter in the Victoria and Albert Museum (Steyaert, op. cit., no 67a-B), attributed to the Mosan region, specifically Liège. The figure would almost certainly originally have been part of a large retable showing all the apostles. Comparison for the forked beard and tilted head can be found in St Christopher figures from Malines, see for instance Sotheby's New York, 29 February 1987, lot 26.
J. Steyaert, Late Gothic Sculpture: The Burgundian Netherlands, exh. cat. Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Ghent, 1994, no. 67