SOUTHERN GERMAN, PROBABLY NUREMBERG, CIRCA 1500
HALF FIGURE OF SAINT JOHN THE EVANGELIST
gilt and polychromed wood
Overall the condition of the wood is good with some dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. The proper right hand has been carved separately and detaches. The proper left hand has possibly been reattached at the wrist. There is some minor stable splitting to the wood, consistent with material, in particular to the bottom edge to the book, and to the stem of the chalice. The cup of the chalice is slightly loose but stable. There is some evidence of past worming, including to the tip of the nose and to the book. There are few minor losses to the wood including to some of Saint John's curls and to the drapery at the bottom edge. The condition of the polychromy is good with some losses and wear at the high points. There are some losses to the gilding on the chalice. A modern wood bracket has been attached to the drapery at the back and there is a metal hook at the back for 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.
With Reinhold Hofstätter, Vienna
An origin of the present figure in Nuremberg is suggested by its resemblance to the Angel Annunciate and supporting Angels in Veit Stoss's Angelic Salutation of 1517-1518 in the Nuremberg Church of St Lorenz, see R. Kahsnitz (ed.), Veit Stoß in Nürnberg: Werke des Meisters und seiner Schule in Nürnberg und Umgebung, exh. cat. Nuremberg, Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich, 1983, figs. 43 and 57-58.