For related marked pairs see Henry J. Kauffman and Quentin H. Bowers, Early American Andirons and Other Fireplace Accessories, (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Inc., 1974). pp. 50-1 and David B. Warren et. al., American Decorative Arts and Paintings in the Bayou Bend Collection, (Houston, TX: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1998), no. M265, p. 365.
Each in overall fine condition, showing wear commensurate with age and use. There is a 1/8 in. x 1/8 in. pit/loss to one of the urns. 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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.