Count von Brühl served as Prime Minster between 1746 and 1763, during the reign of Augustus III, King of Poland. He was all powerful and held great influence over the King and court. He assembled a superb and vast art collection which contained prints, drawings and paintings by the great masters. His porcelain collection was also sublime. Appointed Director of the Meissen factory in 1739, between 1736 and 1741, he commissioned - amongst other masterpieces - the celebrated Swan Service, which contained over 2,200 individual pieces.
In good order. "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."