The Property of a European Collector (Lots 34-36)
PROBABLY SPANISH, 13TH/ 14TH CENTURY
Overall the condition of the wood is good, with minor dirt and some wear to the surface consistent with age. There is a minor loss to the tip of the Christ Child's middle finger. There is stable splitting to the wood, consistent with the material, including a slightly open but stable split to the base at the Virgin's feet, running up to the Christ Child's waist. There is past worming to the wood, in particular to the back, which has led to some losses to the back below the Virgin's waist and to the throne and the bottom of the base. There is wear to the polychromy and gilding, including losses and some flaking. The polychromy is likely to have been refreshed in areas.
"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. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
With Kunsthandel Dirven, Belgium;
acquired from the above by the present owner