The bronze was formerly placed outside, resulting an exposure to the elements. Consequently, the original patina of the bronze has worn off. The dark coloured surface visible in the catalogue image is due to oxidation of the metal.
Subsequent to the catalogue photography, a break occurred to the gust of wind below Mercury's left foot. This break was restored and reinforced using a steel rod inserted between the base and the figure's foot.
There is also a restored break at the center of Mercury's caduceus, which has been reinforced with a metal dowel. The joint is slightly open but stable
During the recent process of restoring the breaks, it was necessary to harmonize the surface of the bronze leading to the removal of the oxidization. The colour of the alloy is now exposed across the surface displaying a golden sheen.
Photographs of the bronze in its current state are available on request.
There is general wear to the surface consistent with age and outside exposure of the bronze, notably several areas of scratching, including to the proper left leg. The bronze is cast in sections and due to the lack of patina the greyish soldering around the joints has been exposed. "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."