Hélène and Philippe Leloup, Paris and New York Allan Stone, New York, acquired from the above in the late 1970s or early 1980s
The extraordinarily ancient Dogon ladder from the Allan Stone Collection is an example of a practical solution devised in keeping with the original artistic vision: after the upper most step had eroded and the ladder could not be used anymore, it was repaired in situ by inserting a compatibly-shaped natural rock.
Good condition overall, including indigenous stone repair as shown and discussed in catalogue. A smaller loose stone fragment behind main stone, which is securely wedged in from continued use after repair. Marks, nicks, chips, abrasions, rubbing, cracks, and small losses. Weathered with cavities and age cracks throughout, including a channel running up the center of the ladder (at core of tree) with a hole in each step as seen in catalogue illustration. Larger aperture at center of "Y" above stone. Bottom three steps with losses. Exceptionally fine weathered and rubbed patina from a long period of exposure and use in situ. Drilled on reverse for attachment to modern pedestal. 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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.