Overall the condition of the ivory is very good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age, including some dust in the crevices. There is minor stable splitting to the ivory, consistent with the material, notably to the terrasse and the figure's proper left side. There is minor glue residue to the walking stick at the top and at the bottom.
The ebonised wood base is in good condition with wear and dirt consistent with age, including rubbing at the edges and evidence of past worming 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. 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."