M. Mori, Paris, 1925; Lady Renell of Rodd; her sale, Sotheby’s London, 9 December 1976, lot 20; private collection, Belgium
P. Nelson, 'Some Unpublished English Medieval Alabaster Carvings', in Archaeological Journal, LXXXII, pp. 25-38, p. 34, pl. V; F. Cheetham, Alabaster Images of Medieval England, Woodbridge, 2003, p. 31, no. 4 and fig. 13
In his seminal work, Francis Cheetham lists only thirteen known alabaster reliefs which feature Saint Bartholomew - three of the Saint's Martyrdom and ten individual representations of Saint Bartholomew, including the present lot. Compare also to fig. 12 (op. cit.), in Oscott College, Sutton Coldfield - however the present lot shows higher quality in the carving, particularly in the hair and beard.
Overall the condition of the alabaster is good, with minor wear and dirt to the surface consistent with age. There are minor chips and abrasions to the high points throughout. There are a few small areas of restoration, including to the nose and forehead. There is a loss to the attribute in the proper left hand; a remnant of its extension is at the proper left shoulder. There are further small chips to the edges at both sides and the bottom. There are a few remnants of polychromy, including at the proper right sleeve, and the drapery on each side.
There is wear to the mount, including fraying to the fabric. "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."