With Jan Dirven, Antwerp; private collection, Belgium
It is likely that this charming Madonna was carved by a sculptor from Malines, as is indicated by the distinctive appearance of the Child. The estofado decoration is typical of Spanish sculpture from the late 15th century onwards. The close political and artistic relationship between Spain and Flanders during this period resulted in a variety of works of art incorporating both artistic traditions.
Overall, the condition is good, with some wear and dirt consistent with age. The Virgin's proper right hand is lost. There is some minor splitting to the wood consistent with the material, notably a split running down the centre of the Virgin's leg, and some slight further splits to the Virgin's face and to the bottom edge. There are some open but stable splits at the back. There are some minor losses to the bottom edge. There is minor evidence of past worming, notably at the Virgin's sides. There is wear to the polychromy and gilding, with minor areas of loss, and craquelure to the skin tones. It is likely that some of the gilding and polychromy to the hair and drapery has been refreshed. "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."