SPANISH, 14TH CENTURY
silver gilt, on a wood core, with a modern ebonised wood and metal base and a fabric lined wood box
the box inscribed to the interior: THIS XIV CENTURY SPANISH CROSS / WAS PRESENTED TO DEAN LEOPOLD ARNAUD / BY THE FACULTY AND THE STAFF OF THE / SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY / ON THE OCCASION MARKING HIS RETIREMENT / JANUARY 9, 1959
cross: 41.5 by 34cm., 16⅜ by 13⅜in.
base: 22cm., 8⅝in.
box: 7.5 by 51 by 43cm., 3 by 20⅛ by 16⅞in.
Overall the condition of the cross is good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. The silver is laid upon a core which is probably a later replacement. There are various metal repairs to the cross, including on the bishop side: to the right and bottom finials of the lower quatrefoil; to the bottom two finial below the bishop; to the lower finial below St Paul; and to the upper right finial below Christ Resurrected. On the Crucifixion side repairs are to: the top right finial above the INRI plaque; to the finial below Christ’s proper left arm; to the finials flanking the perizonium on both sides; and to the finials at Christ’s feet. There are a few losses to the silver at the edges. There are various minor scratches and abrasions. Some of the metal edges are slightly bent or folded. The pins are probably later. There are a few holes for lost pins. The metal at the sides is probably replaced. Minor wear to the wood base.
"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."
Dean Leopold Arnaud, Columbia University