The sober elegance of this screen is inspired by English furniture of the late 18th century. A nearly identical 18th century screen is in Elizavetta Alexievna's room in Tsarskoe Selo, fig. 1, and illustrated, N. N. Sobolev, Furniture Measurements, published by the Academy of Architecture of the USSR, vol. I, Moscow, 1940, p. 41.
Minor restorations to the decorative bands. Small restorations to the veneer in areas consistent with age. Very minor and sparse chips along the edges. 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.