FRANZ VON STUCK
1863 - 1928
RING STAND IN THE FORM OF A PUTTO
silver plated Britannia metal, on a veined black marble base
Overall the condition of the silver plated metal is very good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. Part of the proper left wing appears to be slightly bent. The metal is slightly warped at the bottom at the proper left foot. There are some minor chips and abrasions to the bottom edge of the marble base. There is a very small chip and some veining to the top right corner of the marble base.
"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."
T. Raff, 'Die Kraft des Mannes und die weiche Schmiegsamkeit des Weibes', Franz von Stuck: Das plastische Werk, exh. cat. Tettenweis, 2011, p. 16, fig. 15
This ring stand is a rare variant of Franz von Stuck's famous Nautilus Cup, which was his first sculptural work. The design appears in the WMF pattern book of 1907/1908.