1817 - 1893
LA FÉE DE L'EAU (BUST OF THE WATER FAIRY)
signed: C. A. Fraikin.
white marble, on a marble and ormolu base
69cm., 27⅛in. overall
Overall the condition of the marble is very good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There would have been a now-lost dragon fly at the top of the head, there is now a small marble plug where it was inserted. There are a few minor chips to the leaves. There are a few small naturally occurring inclusions. Some dirt in the crevices of the flowers in the hair and some blue residues to the socle at the back.
There are a few small chips and abrasions to the ormolu mounted base. Minor greening to the ormolu mounts.
"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."