It is interesting to note that although stamped Jansen, the keyhole escutcheon bears a Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener mark, 'ZN,' to the reverse, implying two possibilities. The present lot might have been made in the Jansen workshop soon after it acquired the Zwiener copyright, circa 1900, and while it was still using the stock of bronze mounts. The second possibility is that thiscommode was already made by Zwiener but was later stamped 'Jansen' after its acquisition.
Some age cracks, lifting and small losses to veneer. The coromandel panels with some minor chips and losses to surface extremities. The gilt bronze with traces of surface dirt and oxidation. In otherwise good overall 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.