A CONTINENTAL SILVER ALTAR PLAQUETTE, UNMARKED, PROBABLY SOUTH GERMAN OR ITALIAN, 17TH CENTURY
embossed in high relief with The Descent from The Cross, unmarked except for later Dutch control mark
11¾ in., 30cm. high
411gr., 13oz. 5dwt.
with oval shape at the top applied as extra section to make square, but tooling looks identical so most probably not a later addition, a few holes where pinned, small loss to bottom rim, splits and repairs, but general condition pretty good and well chased.
"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."
Sotheby's London, European Sculpture and Works of Art, 7 July 1994, lot 162