Figures such as this were popular in Malines during the late 15th and 16th centuries; compare a Christ Child in the Rijksmuseum (inv. no. R.B.K. 1971-114). The appearance of the base of the present figure suggests that this example may have been made for the Spanish market.
RELATED LITERATURE J. Leeuwenberg (ed.), Beeldhouwkunst in het Rijksmuseum, cat. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 1973, p. 148, no. 167A
Overall the condition of the wood is good, with minor wear and dirt to the surface consistent with age. An earlier layer of polychromy that had clearly flaked in areas has been overpainted. This overpainting may possibly conceal some restorations or reattachments. There are a few partially filled minor losses, probably due to past worming, to the back of the head and neck. There is some wear to the polychromy of the base, whose gilding has largely rubbed. The polychromy has flaked and been overpainted in areas; notably there is a small area of loss to the polychromy on the right side of 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."