A PAIR OF CHARLES II WALNUT AND CANE ARMCHAIRS, CIRCA 1680
with worn red velvet seat covers, one seat re-caned
Characterful. Evidence of old worm throughout and chips and fragmenting to these sites. Later batons to the revrese of each cresting rail and upright. Strengthening screws to one where seat meets rear uprights. Replaced elements including some seat rails. Spliced and repaired feet. Wear and losses to some elements. One with replaced cane seat and one cane seat in need of repair. Red velvet very worn and silver thread braiding with wear and coming off. An atmospheric, theatrical pair which will require conservation.
"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."
‘Spetchley Park -I. Worcestershire, The Seat of Mr. R. V. Berkeley', Country Life, 8 July 1916, p. 47, illustrated in the Entrance Hall;
Inventory, 1949, 'A pair of William and Mary high back beech armchairs, with cane seats and backs, shaped arms, on turned legs and stretchers, each chair fitted loose seat cushion in red velvet' in the Staircase Hall