Wenzel Joseph Gretschl was born in 1749. He was apprenticed to Franz Lintzberger in Vienna, from 1767 to 1773. Gretschl subsequently passed his master's examination in Ofen, and became a master goldsmith there 19 on July 1795. He trained six apprentices between 1799 and 1821, among whom was his son, Joseph Karl. He died in 1821.
small split on inside of handle, a little wear. some pitting on inside, otherwise nice. "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."