Property from an Italian Private Collection
AFTER ALBRECHT DÜRER
The Head Of Saint John The Baptist
bears monogram and date upper right: 1503/ AD
oil on panel, unframed, with six collectors' red wax seals on the reverse
28.4 x 36.5 cm.; 11¼ x 14⅜ in.
The panel is uncradled, and slightly bowed. The paint surface is dirty, and the varnish is discoloured. There are pin-prick losses scattered throughout, most notably around the saint's mouth, in the left of his beard, around his ear, and along the lower margin. Inspection under ultraviolet light is impeded by the opaque varnish, but there appear to be very few and minor, scattered pin-prick retouchings, and little other intervention. In overall good condition.
"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."
F. Anzelewsky, Albrecht Dürer. Das malerische Werk, Berlin 1991, p. 183, under cat. no. 76K.