THE PRIEST AND THE SCRIBE
each signed: E. PICAULT on the base
bronze, dark brown patina, with gilt bronze highlights and rouge griotte marble attributes, on gilt bronze, black and rouge griotte marble bases
figures: 95.5cm., 37½in.
bases: 9cm., 3½in.
Please note that consumer cancellation rights do not apply to this lot.
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Overall the condition of both bronzes is very good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is some rubbing to the patina in particular to the high points of both faces and to the chest of the priest. The statuette of the cow on the marble frame is slightly loose in the priest's hand but stable. There is some dryness to the patina in particular to the priest's back and the cow statuette. The staffs have been cast in sections and the individual pieces can rotate. The top joint of the scribe's staff is slightly twisted and the head of the sceptre is warped. There are some minor chips and abrasions to the edges of the marble socles. There is a small circular patch of wear to the reverse of both bases, a grip or handle may have been attached here previously.
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.
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Sale: Christie's, New York, 25 October 2006, lot 104