Overall, the condition of the bronze is good, with some dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is some wear to the patina at the high points, in particular to the legs, the chest and the arms of Mercury. The sceptre is slightly loose but stable. There are some nicks and scratches in areas. The marble base is in good condition, with some naturally occurring inclusions and a few small chips to the edges and corners. "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."