FRENCH, PROBABLY ILE-DE-FRANCE, SECOND QUARTER 14TH CENTURY
Both forearms are lost, and the Virgin may once have held a child, which is now lost. Otherwise the condition is good, with some wear and dirt to the surface consistent with age. There are several further, more minor, losses, including to the crown, to the tip of the nose, and to the edges of the drapery. The front of the proper right shoe is restored in a plaster-like material and there are some chips at the front. There is slight weathering to the surface throughout, consistent with former placement outdoors. There are also numerous surface chips and abrasions throughout. There is a flint(?) stone inclusion to the drapery between the legs. There are a few minor remnants of polychromy, notably at the proper right armpit.
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.
This charming Virgin with Her enigmatic smile would have once held a Christ Child against her breast, supported on her left hip. The swaying S-curve of the Virgin's body, in elegant contrapposto, together with her round face with almond-shaped eyes and the curls framing her face, all indicate an origin in the North of France. Compare, in particular, to a Virgin and Child from Ile-de-France, now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (inv. no. 25.120.229) and a limestone Madonna, also Ile-de-France, sold at Sotheby's New York, 17 October 2000, lot 10.