Good overall condition. The patina presents with some wear on the underside of the ball inherent to the setting of the bowl on the base. The ball presents with some light scratches and a few rare light scuffs. There are some minute oxidation stains scattered, as visible on the catalogue illustration. There is a slightly lighter area on the ball on approximately 3,5 cm.
The gilt bronze bird presents with some light tarnishing, with a few slightly darker oxidation stains, partially visible on the catalogue illustration, and with some light oxidation stains with vert-de-gris on the underside. "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."