PROBABLY BRITISH, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
Large Water Flask
Overall the condition of the wood is good, with dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. The flask's stopper is lost and there is a small loss to the wood finial at the top. There are some minor losses to the varnishing, including some flaking, in particular to the upper part of the flask. There are some scratches and dirt marks throughout. There is rubbing to the wood, in particular to the edges and the foot.
"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."
Inventory, 1949, 'An old Swiss [sic] pilgrim shaped bottle' in the Inner Hall
A similar but smaller flask is illustrated in E. H. Pinto, Treen and other wooden Bygones, London, 1969, pl. 53E, there called 'probably Scottish'. There is another in the Pitt Rivers Collection, Oxford, also catalogued as Scottish, see J. Levi, Treen for the Table, Woodbridge, 1998, p. 182.