Sotheby’s London, Trafalgar: Nelson and the Napoleonic Wars, 5 October 2005, lot 75
In the present portrait, Nelson is depicted in rear-admiral's full dress uniform and wearing various decorations, including the two large naval medals he was awarded for the battles of Cape St Vincent and the Nile: a third was award posthumously for Trafalgar, the other decorations are the order of the Crescent, given to Nelson by Sultan Selim III, the Neapolitan order of St Ferdinand (to the left of the Crescent), and below these the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, awarded in 1797
Overall the condition of the marble is good with minor wear to the surface consistent with age. There is dirt to the surface throughout. There are some specks of red paint in areas, in particular to the proper right shoulder at the back and the pony tail. There are some minor chips and scratches, particularly to the edges, including some slightly larger chips to the bust's bottom edge where it meets the socle. There is a reattachment to the socle's upper ring, and some plaster restoration is visible. There are also some chips to the socle's upper edge where it meets the bust. "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."