Overall the condition of the bronzes is good, with minor dirt and wear to the surfaces consistent with age. There are a few minor lacunae and stable casting fissures, consistent with Venetian bronze casting practice. There are a few minor losses, including to Mercury's proper left index finger and Apollo's proper right index finger, as well as to the top of his lyre. There is some rubbing to the lacquer patina at the high points. The Mercury appears to have had now-lost attributes. The Mercury is loose on the base.
There is some dirt and wear to the ebonised wood bases, including small chips, moisture(?) staining, and very minor evidence of inactive worming. "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."