Donna Fernanda Grifeo (1829-1902), daughter of Don Vincenzo, 8th Principe di Partanna and Donna Agata Gravina Principessa di Palagonia e Lercara Her son, Don Francesco Paternó Castello (1850-1912), 9th Duca di Carcaci and 7th Barone di Placa e Bajana; Thence by descent.
Ottomeyer, H. and Pröschel, P. Vergoldete Bronzen, Vol.1., München, 1986, p. 386, fig. 5.16.13.
A similar two-tier centerpiece signed THOMIRE A PARIS was offered at Bukowskis Stockholm, 26-28 May 2003, lot 974. A related three-tier centerpiece signed THOMIRE A PARIS was sold at Christie's New York, 24 May 2001, lot 122.
In overall good condition.
Gilding with some areas of minor corrosion and generally with old marks and scratches, consistent with age and use.
Cut-glass tiers: all with chips around the edge of the central hole
top/smaller tiers: one with two chips and the other with three chips to the indented edge;
medium tiers: one with one chip and one break, the latter has been restored; the other in good condition;
the bottom/bigger tiers: each with three chips.
Circular platforms on which sit the bottom glass tier with old marks and scratches.
Please note that for one centerpiece, the top is firmly screwed to the stem of the centerpiece, therefore when unscrewed, the whole will come off instantly. Sotheby's recommends to be careful when placing and removing the cut-glass tiers on the centerpiece.
"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."