ATTRIBUTED TO ANTONIO MONTAUTI (1685-1740), ITALIAN, EARLY 18TH CENTURY | PAIR OF PROFILE RELIEFS OF SAINT GREGORY THE GREAT AND POPE INNOCENT XI
Estimate: 18,000 - 25,000 GBP
ATTRIBUTED TO ANTONIO MONTAUTI (1685-1740)
ITALIAN, EARLY 18TH CENTURY
PAIR OF PROFILE RELIEFS OF SAINT GREGORY THE GREAT AND POPE INNOCENT XI
one inscribed: S. GREGORIUS P. M, and the other: INNOCENTIUS. XI P.M
relief: 32cm., 12⅝in. diameter each 86cm., 33⅞in. each including frame
Overall the condition of the marbles is very good with minor dirt and wear to the surfaces consistent with age. There are a few naturally occurring inclusions to the marbles in particular to Pope Innocent’s cap. There are a few minor abrasions to some of the high points including Innocent’s hair and Gregory’s cap. The marble has a warm slightly brownish patina. There are some minor chips and abrasions to the edges of the rounders.
"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."
This lot is the subject of a scholarly report by Dr Charles Avery. The report is available upon request.