Each figure from this finely modelled group was cast separately in high relief and was probably mounted on a wood or hardstone backing. Koeppe (op.cit.) illustrates a hardstone relief with a very similar composition mounted in this manner. Another cast of this rare group is in the Metropolitan Museum, New York (inv. no. 32.100.196a-c) and is attributed to a follower of Giambologna.
RELATED LITERATURE W. Koeppe (ed.), Art of the Royal Court. Treasures in Pietre Dure from the Palaces of Europe, exh. cat., Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New Haven/ London, 2008, pp. 75-76, figs. 79 and 80
Overall the condition of the bronze is very good. There is some minor wear and dirt to the surface consistent with age including some areas of rubbing to the gilding, particularly to the figure on the right. There is a loss to this figure's proper left foot. There is some minor greening in his hair. The switch of the figure on the left is bent.
There is minor wear to the wood frame. "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."