NORTHERN ITALIAN, PROBABLY PADUA, 16TH CENTURY
OIL LAMP IN THE FORM OF A BOY ASTRIDE AN ASS'S HEAD
7.5 by 14.5cm., 3 by 65¾in.
Overall the condition of the bronze is good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is wear to the lacquer patina, including rubbing at the high points and some flaking. There are a few small lacunae, consistent with casting. There are several minor nicks. There is a reddish sheen to the patina in areas, which may represent a later lacquer. The hole at the bottom may have been made later to facilitate mounting.
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.
J. Warren, Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture: A Catalogue of the Collection in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Volume I: Sculptures in Metal, Oxford, 2014, pp. 111-114, nos. 31-32