Property from the Geyer Collection
walnut, fruitwood marquetry, glass
signed Gallé within the marquetry
56½ x 25¼ x 15 in. (143.4 x 64.1 x 38.1 cm)
Overall in very good condition. The wooden surfaces present with some faint surface scratches, minor abrasions and light areas of discoloration commensurate with age and gentle use and largely concentrated to the central area of the upper tier. The fruitwood marquetry with minor fine scuffs, scratches and hairline cracks, the largest measuring approximately 4 inches wide, which is stable and not visually disruptive. The headboard presents two minor dents, the largest measuring approximately ½ in. wide. The upper central compartment with original wood and glass window that can be detached. The glass surface of the window presents faint scratches and scuffing, not visually detractive and consistent with age and gentle use. The upper corners of the middle shelf and the lower cabinet with light adhesive residue. The lower cabinet with one removable wooden shelf. The vitrine with two original working keys which present signs of oxidation.
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.
Macklowe Gallery, New York
Louis Daniel Brodsky, St. Louis, Missouri, 2001
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Chicago, The Louis Daniel Brodsky Collection of Art Nouveau, February 22, 2015, lot 18
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Alastair Duncan and Georges de Bartha, Gallé Furniture, New York, 2012, p. 312