The letters “VO” should make reference to the stamp of BOVO, generally said to have been Léonard Beauveau, a menuisier active in 1750 working in the circle of the reknowned ébéniste Nicolas Heurtaut (B. Pallot, The Art of the Chair in 18th Century France, Paris, 1989, p. 218).
Overall in good conserved condition. Minor losses and chips to paint throughout. Old marks and scratches consistent with age and use. Old repair to the front of the seat rail. Restoration to back rests, barely visible. "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."