A JAPANESE EXPORT BRASS-MOUNTED LACQUER CHEST, EARLY 18TH CENTURY
with engraved brass mounts and a nashiji gold-ground interior, distressed
37cm. high, 62cm. wide, 49cm. deep; 1ft. 2½in., 2ft. ½in., 1ft. 5½in.
This piece was found in a cellar at Spetchley and this long-term method of storage translates into current condition. It is very distressed. There are losses to lacquer throughout. Age cracks to the top. The metal mounts are tarnished and have signs of verdigris. The lacquer is dirty and discoloured in places. There is evidence of old worm. In need of conservation. For further images do contact the department.
"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."