ITALIAN, VENICE OR FLORENCE, EARLY 15TH CENTURY
TRIPTYCH WITH THE VIRGIN AND CHILD ACCOMPANIED BY SAINTS
partially polychromed wood, bone and horn, with metal mounts
closed: 34.3 by 19.9cm., 13½ by 7⅞in.
open: 34.3 by 28cm., 13½ by 11in.
Overall the condition of the triptych is good, with some wear and dirt to the surface consistent with age. There are a few restored breaks to the bone panels, including above the head of the saint in the left wing, above and below Saint Catherine, and above the head of the Virgin. There is some warping to the bone panels, particularly those framing the central panels, and some residues are visible at the joints. There is a small dent or lacuna to the bottom of the panel with Saint Catherine. There is some ghosted gilding denoting halos. There are a few chips and minor losses to the intarsia, with a replacement at the top right corner of the central section. Some of the joints are slightly open but stable. There is wear to the wood exterior throughout, including losses and scratching to the paintwork. There are abrasions and minor losses to the back and the outside of the wings where there are remnants of metal mounts. There is minor evidence of past worming to the wood. There is a later metal loop at the top of the reverse for hanging.
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.
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Compare to a similarly composed triptych in the Kunstgewerbemuseum in Berlin, inv. no. F. 2403. For the painted exterior, see also a triptych in the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, inv. no. 71.98, which similarly shows two painted angels.