SET OF FRENCH FIRE TOOLS
comprising tongs, poker, shovel and stand
18⅜ in. (46.7 cm) high
Overall in good condition. This modernist and elegant set presents with expected signs of age to all four components. The gilt surfaces with scratches, areas of abrasion and indentations concentrated to the side edges, as well as scattered rust and oxidation spots throughout consistent with age and use. The bronze with some pinholes concentrated to the shovel and to the base of the stand. The underside of the semicircular area of the tongs with concentrated green corrosion spots in an area measuring approximately 3/4 x 1/8 in. The recessed areas on the base with light corrosion to the gilt surface consistent with age and not visually distracting. A fully functional set ready for use.
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.
Galerie Anne-Sophie Duval, Paris
Private Collection, Sydney, Australia
Sotheby's New York, December 17, 2014, lot 304
Acquired from the above by the present owner