Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Silver, Folk Art and Decorative Arts: Including the Block and Shell Carved Chest of Drawers made by John Townsend, June 18, 1998, sale 8894, lot 140; Alan Miller, Quakertown, Pennsylvania.
Some old wood worm damage with some subsequent losses. A repaired crack to one front foot. Replaced caning. A replacement to underside of side stretcher. One central stretcher with a large loss to underside (about 5"). Usual scratches and abrasions consistent with use and age. 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.