ITALIAN, DATED 1870
BUST OF FLORA
signed and dated: V. FRANCESCHI. 1870
Overall the condition of the bronze is good with some dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. The bust has probably been cleaned. There are chips and minor losses to the flowered headband. There is some natural veining to the marble, including to the chest at the centre, and there are a few naturally occurring inclusions, in particular to the neck and to the back. There are minor chips to the edges of the truncation and to the bottom edge of the socle.
"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."