AFTER A MODEL BY FRANÇOIS GIRARDON (1628-1715)
FRENCH OR SOUTHERN NETHERLANDISH, CIRCA 1700
boxwood, on a modern metal stand
Corpus: 42cm., 16½in.
45cm., 17¾in. overall
Overall the condition of the wood is very good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. The corpus is carved in sections, and slighlty open joints are visible at the top of both arms; there is some glue residue around the joints. There is some stable splitting to the wood in areas, consistent with the material, including some slightly open, but stable splits to the centre of the chest, to the abdomen, to the perizonium at the front and particularly at the back, to the face and to the back of the head, to the back, to the proper right upper thigh and to the proper right calf. There appear to be some restorations around the fingers of both hands. There are modern metal mounts to the underside of the feet to connect to the modern 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.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.