Property from the Private Collection of Lloyd and Barbara Macklowe
walnut, burled wood veneer, wood marquetry, acid-etched glass, clear glass, original silk-lined interior
75 x 35 x 19¼ in. (187.9 x 88.9 x 48.8 cm)
Overall in very good condition. The vitrine has been sensitively refinished at some point in the history of the piece consistent with the integrity of the original design. The wood surfaces present with surface undulation concentrated to the burled wood veneer of the shelves, consistent with age and gentle use. The etched glass surfaces with minor surface scratches and very minor nicks to the surface, consistent with age and gentle use. Clear glass surfaces present with faint and minor surface scratches, consistent with age and gentle use. The velvet upholstery in the interior of vitrine with one ring mark and slight crushing to velvet surfaces, consistent with age and gentle use. A superbly worked cabinet with ruby red etched glass.
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.
From the contents of a house entirely furnished by Gruber,1905
Galerie Thierry Couvrat Desvergnes, Paris
Acquired from the above by the present owner, circa 1982
Alastair Duncan, Art Nouveau Furniture, London, 1982, p. 96 (for the present lot illustrated)
Alastair Duncan, The Paris Salons, 1895-1914: Vol. III: Furniture, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1996, p. 275
Victor Arwas, Art Nouveau: The French Aesthetic, London, 2002, p. 321 (for the present lot illustrated)