The attention to textural ornament in this head has affinities with the sculptures of Justice and Prudence on the Tomb of Francois II de Bretagne, dating to circa 1500 from Nantes (op. cit.). Sumptuous headwear and clothing enlivens the figures’ calm expressions.
RELATED LITERATURE J. Boccador, Statuaire mediévale en France de 1400 à 1530, 1974, Zoug, pp. 98 and 101
Overall the condition of the stone is good with dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. The girl's nose has been restored. There is a loss to the girl's right collar and some further smaller losses to the marble throughout. There is some minor scattered chipping to the the reverse. There are black residues, possibly paint, most prominently to the top of her head and to her proper right collar.
There is wear and fraying to the velvet lining consistent with age. The bust is loose on the base. "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."