Perpitch Gallery, Paris Former apartment of Pierre Bergé, Hôtel Lutetia, Paris
This rare commode is similar to two models, one in the sale of the collection of Marcel Puech (Tajan, Paris, 8th November 1999, lot 69) and the other one sold at Sotheby's Rome, 18th May 2004, lot 429) from a palazzo on the Piazza Farnese. Our commode could also be compared to two other models in the Palazzo Barberini in Rome formerly in the Museum of industrial Arts in Rome.
The illustration of the catalogue is accurate. Good overall condition. There are the inevitable minor dents, marks and scratches due to age and use. There are minor restorations as expected. There are restored cracks to the lateral panels and a crack to the top. There are old and inactive woddworm traces, especially to the top, to the feet and to some molding elements. There is a minor loss to the back (lower right hand side part). There are restorations and some cracks to some marble elements. The locks of the 2 upper drawers are later. The key is missing. Very elegant commode. "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."