Property from an Important American Collection
walnut, fruitwood marquetry, glass, silk lining
83¼ x 41¾ x 18½ in. (211.5 x 106 x 47 cm)
Overall in very good condition. This stunning vitrine by Louis Majorelle includes beautifully executed carved details shaped like daffodils and rich walnut surfaces most noticeable on the sides of the vitrine. The wooden surfaces present with scattered light surface scratches throughout and areas of wear concentrated to the base and feet, consistent with gentle use. The wood has been sensitively refinished throughout in an effort to preserve its surface and presents with a lustrous surface. The proper left capital and proper right foot with minor hairline age cracks to the wood measuring approximately 4 and 3 inches, respectively, which are stable and not visually distracting. The silk lining interior and glass shelves are in very good condition and both appear to have been replaced at some point in the history of the piece. One shelf with a stable hairline crack and a chip to the glass surface on each side. Please note that this vitrine is equipped with a lighting installation which appears to have been installed later in the history of the piece. While the lighting installation is currently in working order, Sotheby's does not guarantee electrical components and suggests having all wiring inspected by a licensed electrician. A superb and incredibly handsome work with refined details and elegant form and stature.
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the condition report is a statement of opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's. For that reason, Sotheby's condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot.
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 INCLUDED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Sotheby's New York, March 14, 1997, lot 258
Alastair Duncan, Louis Majorelle: Master of Art Nouveau Design, London, 1991, p. 45