Very good overall condition
The gilt bronze presents with some very light tarnishing overall, some very light oxidation in the recessed areas and a few very slightly darker oxidation stains scattered. The galvanised bronze elements presents with some dust, some slight discoloration and some scattered tiny oxidation stains. One butterfly presents with a scuff revealing the original colour of the bronze. One butterfly presents with a crack, most likely inherent to the making. The beak of one bird is broken (and the broken piece is missing). All consistent with age and use. "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."