Property from the Private Collection of Lloyd and Barbara Macklowe
CHEST OF DRAWERS
with two original keys
walnut, fruitwood marquetry
signed Gallé in the marquetry
29⅜ x 29½ x 17 in. (74.6 x 74.9 x 43.1 cm)
Overall in very good condition. The wood surfaces present with scattered minor surface scratches, abrasions, indentations and wear concentrated to the edges of the piece and the feet and consistent with age and gentle use. The wood with some very minor losses concentrated to the area surrounding the drawers, including a small loss measuring approximately 3/4 inches wide to the case below the bottom drawer, likely due to contact with the locking mechanism, consistent with age and use. The top of the chest with some scattered faint discolorations and watermarks consistent with age and use and visible in the detail image in the printed catalogue. The feet present with some very minor dents and scuffing, consistent with age and gentle use. This piece has been sensitively and professionally refinished at some point in the history of the piece consistent with the integrity of the original design. With two original keys. The detailed fruitwood marquetry of the surface of this piece displays the delicacy and genius of Émile Gallé.
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.
Félix Marcilhac, Paris
Acquired from the above by the present owner, circa 1980
Alastair Duncan, The Paris Salons, 1895-1914, Vol. III: Furniture, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1996, p. 221
Alastair Duncan and Georges de Bartha, Gallé Furniture, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2012, p. 327