François-Xavier has an eye for combining the elegance of drawing with the strictness of forms. But he does his dreaming wide-awake, and invites us to do the same as we stand before his completed sculpture. Claude Lalanne
Very good condition overall.
The metal surfaces present with extremely light surface scratches.
The gilt bronze presents with minute traces of very light oxidation, very few minor discoloration stains (mostly concentrated on one side of the head) and a few minor abrasions to the gilt patina at the tip of the beak and on the neck. All consistent with age and very gentle use. Sotheby's does not guarantee electrical components and suggests having all wiring inspected by a licensed electrician. "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."