THOMAS BALL, AFTER CHARLES-ANTOINE BRIDAN (1730-1805)
SMALL BOY PLAYING WITH A BIRD
signed: T. BALL. SC / 1872
Overall the condition of the marble is very good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There are a few small chips and abrasions to the bottom edge of the base. The ends of the bird’s wings are carved separately and joints are slightly visible.
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.
The present model was conceived by Charles-Antoine Bridan in the late 18th century - see A. Laing, 'A Bird in the Hand...', in A. Gonzalez-Palacios (ed.) Antologia di Belle Arti: La Scultura II, Turin, 1996, pp. 154-165, fig. 2