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William Morris

"Artifact: Shard with Bone Pins"

Property from the Estate of a Private Collector, New York

William Morris

William Morris

"Artifact: Shard with Bone Pins"

"Artifact: Shard with Bone Pins"

Property from the Estate of a Private Collector, New York

William Morris

"Artifact: Shard with Bone Pins"


1995

blown and decorated glass, steel

16 1/2 x 25 3/4 x 5 1/2 in. (41.3 x 65.4 x 14 cm)

Overall in very good condition. The glass elements present with surface irregularities, scattered air bubbles and particulate inclusions inherent to the medium and its production. The main glass shard presents with a purposefully crackled surface applied with white, yellow and red residue to evoke the aged texture of a prehistoric artifact. The seventeen bone shards are all in excellent original condition and present with scattered surface scratches and surface residue inherent to the making. The tips of each shard with minute abrasions consistent with installation. The steel base presents with scattered surface scratches, oxidation and light soiling throughout consistent with age and gentle use. The underside of the base is applied with four protective felt pads. A thought-provoking work characteristic of the artist’s practice. 


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.

William Morris and Gary Blonston, William Morris: artifacts/glass, New York, 1996, p. 44 (for the present lot illustrated)
This lot is recorded in the William Morris Studio inventory as AS295.01.18.