Pair of Side Chairs
Pair of Side Chairs
carved wood, original tooled leather, brass tacks
36 ⅞ x 17 ¾ x 20 ¾ in. (93.4 x 45 x 52.7 cm) each
Overall in very good condition. These superb chairs retain their original leather upholstery which presents in exceptionally well-preserved condition. The leather surfaces are enhanced with beautiful tooled motifs that adorn the backrest surface of each chair. The leather displays a stunning range of colors ranging from caramel to russet brown. The leather is in age-appropriate condition throughout, namely crackling to the surface concentrated to the seats, light discoloration throughout, spotty stains and scattered minute areas of loss to the outer surface layer, all consistent with age and gentle use. The wooden surfaces have been reconditioned to revitalize the rich quality of the wood. The wooden surfaces present with light surface scratches and very minor occasional edge abrasions concentrated to the legs and consistent with gentle use. The brass tacks which adorn the backrests and underside of the seats present with light oxidation to the metal consistent with age. A superior offering that exemplifies Gaillard's celebrated practice and artistry.
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.
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