Description: gilt bronze, in a modern ebonised wood frame
Dimensions: 13.5cm., 5 3/8 in.
Medium: gilt bronze, in a modern ebonised wood frame
Condition Report: Overall, the condition of the bronze is good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is some rubbing to the gilding, particularly at the high points, including to the Virgin's proper right knee, Christ's proper left knee, and the elbows of two of the putti. There are a few scratches, including behind the Virgin's back. There is a minor casting fissure to the bottom of the relief at the centre, which is also visible on the reverse, where there are remnants of a residue. There is some tarnishing to the gilding, notably in the crevices. There is an old label and an envelope with old cataloguing information attached to the reverse with tape. The ebonised wood frame is in good condition, with some wear and dirt to the surface. It is composed of sections, and the joints on the right hand side are slightly open but stable. There are a few small chips to the inside of the frame on the right hand side. There is wear to the gilding on the inside of the frame. The modern stand is in good condition.
"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.
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Saleroom Notice: The illustration for this lot is incorrectly numbered as lot 1010 on page 13 in the printed catalogue.
Provenance: Formerly in the collection of Victor Cavendish-Bentinck, 9th Duke of Portland (1897-1990);
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