Sold Without Reserve
TWO CONTINENTAL FAIENCE ASPARAGUS BOXES AND COVERS, CIRCA 1770
each naturalistically modeled and colored tied with cord
(of largest) length 9 ¼ in.
Both are in good appearance.
The larger. The cover with areas of restoration at both modeled cords and an area of the asparagus forming the handle, but the handle appears to be intact. Areas of restoration to the majority of the asparagus heads on the base.
The smaller in good condition.
Each with some glaze loss to extremities typical of the material
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.
The Collection of the late Count and Countess Guy du Boisrouvray, Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc. New York, 27-28 October 1989, lot 307 (the smaller)
A further example of the smaller box was sold at Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc. New York, 27 February 1975, lot 173. A similar example to the larger box was sold at Christie's Geneva, 11 May 1987, lot 12