Property from the Geyer Collection
TWO "ABALONE" DESK SET ARTICLES
comprising a frame and letter rack
gilt and polychrome bronze, abalone
frame impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK/1166
letter rack impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK/1156
frame: 5¾ x 6½ in. (14.6 x 16.5 cm)
letter rack: 4½ x 6¼ x 2½ in. (11.4 x 15.9 cm)
Overall in very good condition. The gilt bronze surfaces with scattered minor surface scratches, abrasions and wear, consistent with age and gentle handling. The frame was likely re-gilt at some point in the history of the piece. The letter rack displays strong green polychrome decoration to the recessed contours of the design, visible in the catalogue illustration. The letter rack with some occasional minor discolorations and ink residue. The abalone decorations appear original and undisturbed and display beautiful multitone iridescence.
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.