The illustration of the catalogue is accurate despite being too orange.
The gilt-bronze elements:
As stated in the saleroom notice, the mounts are later and probably 19th century.
The gilding is rubbed and tarnished.
Two leaves of the bases are missing.
As stated in the saleroom notice, the porcelain of the bird dates from 1750-1760.
The porcelain of the bird is in good overall condition with one minute chip to the blue plumage. The lower part of the beak has been previously restored.
There are some minor chips to the flowers. Two flowers are missing.
Very elegant object testifying the taste of marchands-merciers for an upper clientele.
"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."