The illustration of the catalogue is accurate despite being too bright.
There are dents, marks, scratches and shrinkage cracks due to age and use.
There are many chips and losses to the gilding revealing the red bowl, the gesso and the wood underneath. There are losses to the gilding, especially to the edges and to the feet.
The leather top is in very bad condition with a major crack, losses, very rubbed and burnt areas.
The structure is firm.
Nice carving. "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."