Overall in good original condition. Due to wear, the majority of the patinated metal surface has been lost. The sculpture functions as a humidor, with the top portion of the banana elements on a hinge revealing the cigar storage portion. Currently lacking the top portion of two tops, as seen in the catalogue illustration. With surface scratches and oxidation to the metal, some of which shows slightly green in color. Surface dirt throughout and some surface residue to the interior of the storage areas.
This lot is the second known example of the model to exist. Another example of the model was offered at auction in Paris and incorrectly catalogued as a unique work. 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.