FRENCH, PROBABLY BURGUNDY, FIRST HALF 15TH CENTURY
VIRGIN AND CHILD
Overall the condition of the stone is very good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There are a few minor chips to the drapery, including a larger chip on the proper left side and a few chips to the proper right side behind the Virgin's elbow. There are a few reattachments including a piece of drapery on the proper right side and a section of drapery at the central fold of the Virgin's dress. There appear to be some minor losses to the Child's proper right hand. There are further minor chips and abrasions to the back and to the edges of the base. There is wear to the polychromy throughout, consistent with age.
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.
Compare to a Virgin and Child in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, attributed to Claus de Werve (inv. no. 33.23), which shows similarly broad faces with introverted expression, indicating an origin in Burgundy for the present lot.
An expertise by Dr Marieke van Vlierden is available from the department upon request