Description: with an ivory plaque to the top of the cross inscribed: JESUS / NAZARENUS / REX / jUDAEORUM
Dimensions: Corpus: 59cm., 23 1/4 in.
frame: 165 by 98cm., 65 by 38 5/8 in.
Medium: ivory, with glass eyes, in an ornate gilt wood frame lined with velvet
Condition Report: Overall, the condition of the ivory is very good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. The corpus is carved in sections, the arms have been carved separately. There is minor stable splitting to the ivory, consistent with the material, in particular to the arms and the torso. There is a stable open split running from the proper right armpit to the palm of the hand. There is some minor stable splitting to the face. There are a few flecks of dirt to the corpus. A flourish of drapery at the proper left buttock has been lost, and a small drilled hole is visible. There is splitting to the ivory skull, consistent with the material, and there are a few small chips to the teeth. There is a small hole to the top of the skull for the natural root canal of the tusk. The ivory is darker to the reverse than to the front. The frame has been relined with brown velvet. There is splitting to the wood, consistent with the material, in particular to the rays of light behind the crucifix. There are some small chips and abrasions to the foliate decoration, in particular to the scrolling motifs at the bottom, where there are some losses at the centre. The gilding has flaked in areas, revealing the gesso underneath, and the gilding may have been refreshed. There are a few small drilled holes to the 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.
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Saleroom Notice: This lot contains ivory. Due to recent changes in the laws of many countries (e.g. US, France) Sotheby's recommends that buyers check with their own government regarding any importation requirements prior to placing a bid. For example, US regulations restrict the import of elephant ivory and prohibit the import of African elephant ivory. Please note that Sotheby's will not assist buyers with the shipment of this lot into the US. A buyer's inability to export or import these lots cannot justify a delay in payment or sale cancellation.
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