Josef Mueller, Solothurn Barbier-Mueller Museum, Geneva Private Collection, Switzerland (acquired from the above) Bonhams, New York, 20 November 2012, Lot 126 (consigned by the above) Acquired from the above sale
Good condition overall with weathering and old worm holes consistent with age and use. Some chips, nicks, and scratches throughout. A very old loss to the back of chin. Some insect damage throughout, most visibly on proper left side of mask and upper half of proper right edge of mask. Three old labels on the reverse of mask, one reading "Wobe" in black ink, one with the number "5" underlined in pencil in an old hand, and the last with the number "2" in blue ink. Fine, varied aged patina throughout. 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.