SOUTHERN GERMAN, PROBABLY UPPER RHINE, LATE 15TH CENTURY
VIRGIN AND CHILD ENTHRONED
gilt and polychromed limewood
Overall the condition of the wood is good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. The Child's proper right forearm and hand are lost. There are a few more minor losses, including to His proper left thumb, the Virgin's crown, and the front of the base. There appears to be a restoration to the highest point of the Virgin's crown, and possibly one to her nose. Some sections at the sides at the back are carved separately. There is wear to the gilding and polychromy, particularly at the high points, and flaking to the skin tones. The gilding and polychromy appear to have been refreshed in the past. There is some very minor evidence of past worming, including to the Virgin's proper left hand. There appears to be a joint around the Child's neck.
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.
Spätgotik am Oberrhein: Meisterwerke der Plastik und des Kunsthandwerks, 1450-1530, exh. cat. Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe, 1970, figs. 60, 81 and 97