SPANISH, PROBABLY TOLEDO, LATE 16TH/ EARLY 17TH CENTURY
RELIEF WITH SAINT ILDEFONSUS VESTED BY THE VIRGIN
gilt and polychromed wood
103 by 70cm., 40½ by 27½in.
Overall the condition of the sculpture is good, with some wear and dirt to the surface consistent with age.
There are a few minor losses, including to the kneeling saint's proper right middle finger, the front edge of base, to the kneeling saint's collar, and to the robe at the left hand angel's proper right arm. There are a few joints, which may represent reattachments, including to kneeling saint's proper right little finger and the bottom right corner section of the robe being bestowed on the saint (there is some wax fill here). There is some splitting to the wood consistent with the material, including some open splits, notably through the Virgin's proper left arm and the body of the kneeling saint; these are partially filled with wax. There is a further split to the face of the angel on the right side and another to the Virgin's forehead. There is wear to the polychromy and gilding throughout, including craquelure and small losses. There is minor evidence of past worming, in particular at the back.
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Saint Ildefonsus (607-667) was from a Spanish noble family and served as Bishop of Toledo. Popular in Spanish art, and particularly in Toledo, he is usually depicted during the miraculous event where the Virgin Mary, assisted by angels, is said to have come down from Heaven with a chasuble for the Saint, to thank him for his particular devotion to her. Compare to a relief with the same theme, sold at Christie's London, 10 November 2006, lot 134.