In overall good condition.
The Chinese porcelain:
There are spots and pin-hole sized bubbles. There are firing cracks below the base of the neck, one is 2cm and one is 1cm. Both have surface scratches and iron. There is a surface glaze chip of 1/2 cm in diameter on the inside of the rim of the same vase and a crack 4cm to the neck of the other.On the other there is a 3-4cm crack to the base of the side going through the foot. there is a 1/2 cm chip to the rim and a glaze crack 4cm to the neck. There is a black glazed burst bubble of 1/2 cm diamater to the inside. There is glue residue on the underside of both vases where they were formerly glued to the giltwood bases but this could be cleaned off. despite the aforementioned unless very closely inspected the vases appear to be in very good condition with lovely painted decoration.
The giltwood bases and covers are more golden in colour and more attractive with very minor chips. "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. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."