Bronzes from the Robert Mayer Collection, Vienna
NORTHERN ITALIAN, IN RENAISSANCE STYLE
INKWELL IN THE FORM OF A CRAB
bronze, on a velvet covered wood base
together with a Northern Italian bronze Toad, possibly 16th century
Crab: 7 by 18 by 13cm., 2¾ by 7⅛ by 5¼in.
Toad: 6 by 9cm., 2⅜ by 3½in.
Overall the condition of the bronze is good, with some wear and dirt to the surface consistent with age. There is a partial loss to the proper right back leg. There is evidence of reattachment to several other legs. There are glue(?) residues to the interior of the opening. There are remnants of an old label to the underside of the lid. There is a dowel at the bottom for insertion into a base.
There is general wear to the modern velvet covered base.
Overall the condition of the bronze is very good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There are a few small lacunae and there is a casting flaw to the proper right front foot (with a small possible loss).
"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. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Robert Rudolf Theodor Mayer (1874-1974), Vienna;
thence by descent to the present owner