RELATED LITERATURE S. Lami, Dictionnaire des sculpteurs de l’école française, Paris, 1914, vol. 1, p. 285; J. Hargrove,The Life and work of Albert Carrier Belleuse, New York, 1977, pp. 218-221, fig. 186
Overall the condition of the terracottas is very good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. The surface slip may conceal some condition points. There are a few very minor firing cracks, consistent with the material, including to Beethoven's hair on the proper right side. There is a possible minor abrasion to the tip of Beethoven's nose.
There is wear to the ebonised wood socles, in particular that of Mozart. "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."