From a young age, William was obsessed with toy soldiers, and their accompanying military paraphernalia. In a New York Magazine profile published in 1993, Williams’ mother recounted this fascination: "Robin had the entire third floor [of the family home]. He put his toy soldiers — he had thousands of them — in those rooms, carefully divided according to period.” She went on to suggest that he not only staged intricate battles between soldiers of various eras, but that he also created elaborate dialogues between them in a manner that was, essentially, a childhood version of his performance style.
Some cracks and chips with minor loss, some repair. 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.