ATTRIBUTED TO THE WORKSHOP OF MICHAEL PACHER (CIRCA 1435-1498), AUSTRIAN, TYROL, LATE 15TH CENTURY | RELIEF OF A MALE SAINT, POSSIBLY SAINT JOHN
Estimate: 12,000 - 18,000 GBP
ATTRIBUTED TO THE WORKSHOP OF MICHAEL PACHER (CIRCA 1435-1498)
AUSTRIAN, TYROL, LATE 15TH CENTURY
RELIEF OF A MALE SAINT, POSSIBLY SAINT JOHN
gilt and polychromed wood, on a later wood base
figure: 78cm., 30⅝in.
base: 4.8cm., 1⅞in.
Overall the condition of the wood is good, with some dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There are some losses, including to the proper right arm and to a few locks of hair on the proper right side. There is stable splitting to the wood, consistent with the material, including a slightly open split to the centre of the drapery and another to the reverse starting from the top of the head. There is also some minor stable splitting to the fold of drapery around the saint's waist. There is minor evidence of past worming including to the saint's cloak at the proper left arm. There is a canvas reinforcement to the reverse which has been applied with glue. The condition of the polychromy is good. The polychromy is likely to have been refreshed in areas, in particular the blue colour. There is rubbing to the polychromy at some of the high points and to the tip of the nose. There is minor wear to the polychromy throughout, including craquelure.
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.
With Reinhold Hofstätter, Vienna
The fleshy facial features, hairstyle and crinkled folds of drapery compare closely to figures from Michael Pacher's Altarpiece at St Wolfgang im Salzkammergut, see T. Müller, Gotik in Tirol, Bozen, 1976, figs. 122-124 and pl. XXVII.