PROBABLY SWISS, 18TH CENTURY | Sign in the Form of an Apple
1,500 - 2,500 GBP
PROBABLY SWISS, 18TH CENTURY
Sign in the Form of an Apple
copper, with a wrought iron stem, with traces of lacquer
probably from an inn sign (Wirtshausschild) 'zum goldenen Apfel'
Overall the condition of the copper apple is very good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There are traces of an old lacquer to the copper surface which has mostly worn. There are some patches of wear to the underside. There are a few minor dents to the apple. The wrought iron is in good condition overall, with general wear. There are extensive remnants of green paint to the stem and leaves at the top and brown and green paint to the wrought iron at the underside. There are a few nicks and scratches to the wrought iron, in particular to the edges of the leaves. There is oxidation to the iron.
"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.
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Probably Rose Berkeley (1861-1922)
‘Spetchley Park - I. Worcestershire, The Seat of Mr. R. V. Berkeley', Country Life, 8 July 1916, p. 47, illustrated in the Entrance Hall. Country Life write '...one of the most interesting troves made by Mr and Mrs Berkeley.. is a gigantic apple with foliaged stalk wrought in copper, and would have gone to the Basel Museum had not the owners proved the swifter purchasers'.
Inventory, 1949, 'A Large Bronze Apple' in the Front Hall