60,000 - 80,000 USD
Property from an Important American Collection
with a period key
mahogany, maple, gilt bronze, clear glass
99 1/4 x 93 x 28 1/4 in. (252 x 236.2 x 72.7 cm)
Overall in very good condition. When viewed in person, the vitrine exhibits monumental scale and spectacular features which are enhanced by a variety of superb wooden surfaces. The wooden and bronze elements that constitute the piece can easily be assembled and disassembled for shipping purposes. The wooden surfaces have been sensitively refinished at some point in the history of the piece. The wooden surfaces present with light surface scratches, minor occasional indentations and abrasions concentrated to the edges as well as stable and scattered hairlines throughout. The wood presents with some minor occasional crackling consistent with age and the natural evolution of the medium, most pronounced to the side panels of the vitrine. The wood veneer presents with evidence of prior isolated and minor restorations and inpainting which are not visually distracting; they include stabilization and filling to the hairlines cracks and sensitively replaced areas of loss to the veneer. The side panels with scattered and very minimal black and white house paint marks which are not visually distracting. The fruitwood marquetry is generally in very good and stable condition. The marquetry surface presents with some hairlines and age-appropriate wear which are all extremely minimal. The interior of the vitrine is partially silk-lined with a fabric in excellent condition. The wooden shelves with scratches, abrasions, ring marks and stains to the wood consistent with use. The glass doors are stable and present with light scuffing and very minimal scratches not visible unless closely inspected. The bronze mounts are highly decorative and present with light oxidation throughout, some very minor tarnish concentrated to the recessed areas as well as scattered and minimal verdigris marks. This vitrine includes a later electrified lighting installation which was functional at the time of cataloguing and very nicely enhances the piece. The vitrine is offered together with a period key in functional condition. Sotheby's does not guarantee electrical components and suggests having all wiring inspected by a licensed electrician.
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.