Christie's London, June 6, 1994, lot 190 (£42,000)
The six Corinthian-columned portico surmounted by a triangular pediment is inspired by the façade of Mansion House, the official Lord Mayor's residence in the City of London built between 1739 and 1752 by George Dance the Elder.
Green-coloured oxidation to the metal surface throughout, consistent with the work probably having been outside, and visible in the catalogue photograph which is accurate. Some minor surface dirt and areas of rust, mainly on the back. A section of the balustrade behind the triangular pediment and one corner baluster post are loose but stable. Some minor warping to the metal borders on the pediment and sides, consistent with age and use. Wired for electricity with fluorescent lighting tubes. Opens via two doors on front and one door on back, which can be held secure by long pins, two of which are replaced. A unique and extraordinary statement piece, ready to place. 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.