Property from the Personal Collection of Fred Leighton
LARGE "ALOE" LAMP
patinated bronze, alabaster
impressed Albert Cheuret
30⅛ x 18½ x 18½ in. (77.5 x 47 x 47 cm)
Overall very good condition. The patinated bronze surfaces present with scattered light surface scratches and instances of light wear consistent with age and gentle use. The recessed areas and edges with some scattered circular areas of light oxidation as well as a few minute scattered traces of white paint concentrated to the base. The alabaster elements appear to have been sensitively replaced at a later stage and in accordance with the original design. The alabaster is in very good condition overall with a few minor chips concentrated to the upper edges as well as areas of discoloration caused by heat from the light bulbs over time and partially visible in the catalogue illustration. A majestic and large-scale example of the model in functional conditional at the time of cataloguing. Sotheby's does not guarantee electrical components and recommends having all wiring inspected by a licensed electrician.
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.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Pierre Kjellberg, Art Déco Les maîtres du mobilier - Le décor des paquebots, Paris, 1986, front cover
"Félix Marcilhac, Connoisseur's Choice," The Staste, Tokyo, no. 1, September-October 1990, p. 71
Jérôme Coignard, "Chez Pierre Bergé et Yves Saint Laurent," Connaissance des Arts, January 2006, p. 49
Alastair Duncan, Art Deco Complete, New York, 2009, p. 239 (for the "Aloe" chandelier)