Overall, the condition of the bronze is very good, with some dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is some rubbing to the patina, in particular to the high points of Hercules' chest and side. The Hercules figure is slightly loose on the base, but stable. There is minor greening to the bronze, in particular to Hercules' abdomen, his proper right shin, to a small spot the the Hydra's beak and to the Hydra's tail. There are some minor scratches and a small loss to the patina at Hercules' abdomen. There is a casting fissure to the top of the Hydra's tail. There are a few very minor casting flaws in areas, including some minor lacunae to the back of Hercules' legs.
The marble base in in good condition, with a few small chips, in particular to the corners and the top edge. "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."