Lorna, Countess Howe (d.1961) Christie's London, June 5, 1997, lot 228
Lorna Catherine Curzon, Countess Howe, was the third wife of Richard George Penn Curzon, 4th Earl Howe (d.1929). She was an authority on and award-winning breeder of Labrador Retrievers, and her 1957 book The Popular Labrador Retriever is still a standard reference work.
Top and base associated, top possibly originally a tray; tripod with birdcage structure but top without catch and bearers so it turns but does not tilt. Glued old breaks to top moulding of baluster gallery, one is again loose. Two feet with repaired breaks. Minor staining, discolouration, scratches and dents commensurate with age. 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.