ENGLISH OR GERMAN, 18TH/ 19TH CENTURY
12 by 14cm., 4¾ by 5½in.
Overall the condition of the ivory is very good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is minor stable splitting to the ivory, consistent with the material, in particular to the top of the skull. There are a few further slightly open but stable splits to the underside around the hole at the centre. There are a few very small plugs to the centre of the skull at the top: this is probably to plug the tusk's natural root canal. There is minor rubbing to the edges of the ivory at the underside. There is particular dirt to the crevices, including to the nose: there may be a few minor losses to the ivory around the nose cavity. There is yellowing to the ivory in areas.
"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."
Gibson Craig collection, possibly Sir William Gibson-Craig, 2nd Baronet FRSE (1797-1878), Edinburgh, Scotland
Inventory, 1949, 'An ivory skull (from the Gibson Craig Collection)' in the Strong Room