A WEDGWOOD AND BENTLEY VERY LARGE BLACK BASALT BUST OF ROBERT BOYLE LATE 18TH CENTURY
modeled wearing an open loose shirt, raised on a separate socle base, the reverse edge of the shoulder impressed in uppercase BOYLE, traces of two further impressed BOYLE marks, the underside of the socle base impressed uppercase WEDGWOOD & BENTLEY mark.
Height 18 in.
Overall in good appearance. There is a firing crack which runs up his left edge under his shirt.
Some scattered small stress cracks. The socle with a fine hairline crack which extends from the rim to the center of socle, located at the rear. The piece could benefit from a light clean.
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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc. New York, December 1, 1977, lot 67