The veneered porphyry like all hardstone is not uniform in color and incorporates irregularities, with paler areas in places. Minor chips to the edges consistent with age and use. The color is much less brown and more burgundy and natural than in the catalogue illustration. The ormolu mounts less red than in catalogue illustration. They are in good condition and expertly cleaned. In overall very good condition. 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.