Overall, the condition of the brass is good, with dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is an original square opening to the back of the lion and the base is open below the lower body of the lion. There is greening to the brass in areas, in particular to the crevices of the face, mane and paws. There are minor nicks and scratches to the surface throughout. There is some tarnishing in areas, including to the proper left flank and legs. "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."