The illustration of the catalogue is accurate.The gilding is rubbed and tarnished. The tops were probably originally fitted with covers which are now missing. There are verdigris traces to the top (used as a jardinière) and especially to one base. The three rams of one athenienne were previously with rings, these rings are now missing. On pine of one basin has to be refixed properly. The pine on each athenienne is later.The central ornament between the sphinges of the base has been partly modified. Both constructions are firm. A rare pair. Nice quality of chasing. "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."