Josef Maria Olbrich, Jewelry Box
5,000 - 7,000 USD
Josef Maria Olbrich
with inlay executed by Robert Macco and together with original key
walnut, wrought iron, copper, brass, mother of pearl, abalone, velvet
15 3/4 x 7 7/8 x 6 in. (40 x 20 x 15.2 cm)
Overall in good condition. The wood surface throughout presents with scattered surface scratches, abrasions, wear and small nicks and indentations consistent with age and gentle use. As visible in catalogue photography, the wood panel beneath the doors presents with two vertical cracks to the wood that appear to have been sensitively stabilized at some point in the history of the piece. The wood above the proper right door with a fine hairline crack to the wood measuring approximately 2 ¼ inches, stable. The proper left front corner with a hairline crack to the wood measuring approximately 1 ¾ inches which appears to have been sensitively stabilized at some point in the history of the piece. The proper right back corner with a hairline crack measuring approximately ¾ inch long, stable. The top of the box with a small area of lifting to the wood, not visually distracting. The wrought iron mounts are in well-preserved condition overall with abrasions, discolorations, tarnish and traces of oxidation throughout consistent with age. The proper right door displays slight looseness from the lower hinge and the proper left door displays resistance to closing, stable and not impacting functionality. The brass and copper inlays present with occasional losses throughout, particularly concentrated to the square motifs on either side. The metal inlays present with discolorations and tarnish throughout, consistent with age. The abalone star motifs with a few small losses concentrated to the corners, not visually distracting. The inlays on the proper left and right sides of the box with some losses to the inlays surrounding the abalone; each of the two sides have not retained the semi-circular inlaid motif. The interior is fitted with three removable drawers and lined with velvet in well-preserved condition with age-appropriate wear and discolorations throughout. With the original key.
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. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color 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. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.
Christie's London, May 11, 2000, lot 66
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Fiona Baker and Keith Baker, C20th Furniture, London, 2000, p. 63