Property from an Important American Collection
walnut, gilt bronze, glass
20½ x 23⅞ x 8¼ in. (50.1 x 60.6 x 21 cm)
Overall in very good condition. The color of the wood is slightly darker when viewed in person than it appears in the catalogue illustration. The wood surfaces with a few light surface scratches and minor abrasions consistent with age and gentle use, including an area of oxidation adjacent to the right of the central leaf, visible in the catalogue illustration. The bronze with light surface scratches, rubbing to the gilding and minor traces of oxidation consistent with age and gentle use. One of the arms is lacking a screw and therefore displays some minor movement but is stable. The screw can be replaced at the client’s discretion. The glass with minor surface irregularities and minute air bubbles inherent to the making. The glass surfaces with minor surface scratches consistent with age and gentle use. The interior edges of the coupes with minor flecks consistent with gentle use. Two of the balls appear to have been reglued to the mount. The upper glass ball with a few areas of restoration, not visually distracting as protected by the mount. With light surface dirt concentrated to the recessed areas and consistent with age and gentle use. A wonderful sculptural piece by the artist.
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.
Christie's New York, May 31, 1980, lot 225
John and Katsy Mecom, Houston, Texas
Sotheby's New York, The John and Kasty Mecom Collection of European and American Art Nouveau including Important Tiffany Glass, October 3, 1992, lot 39