The soumakh upholstery - signs of wear consistent with use. Browns oxidised commensurate with age. Evidence of old moth, for example in the ivory gul on the backrest. Some splits, notably to the arm rests, and some cobbled repairs, for example the join at the top back left of the sofa. With original knotted ends, now making up the apron of the sofa and also decorating the reverse. With later bullion fringing to sides and reverse, with section detached from the left hand side. Would benefit from minor conservation. A highly decorative and fun item. The upholstery of furniture with oriental carpets was fashionable in the latter part of the 19th century: these exotic furnishings were used in 'Moorish' decorative schemes.
The sofa, formerly with castors - the front left leg reduced and the the front right with signs of old woodworm. Would benefit from attention. Generally feet with typical old marks and scratches consistent with age. "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."