Property from the Collection of Curtis Lee Smith, Jr.
American black walnut, burled walnut, rosewood keys
signed Nakashima Mira and dated 11.21.91
54 3/4 x 43 x 23 3/4 in. (139.1 x 109.2 x 60.3 cm)
Overall in very good condition. This “Bahut” Cabinet displays great scale and features a beautiful selection of wood ranging in color from warm caramel to reddish hues, enhanced by dovetail corners, a rosewood key and large burled walnut handle. The walnut surfaces have been sensitively reconditioned to restore the rich original appearance of the wood. The wooden surfaces throughout present with light scratches, minor abrasions and edge wear as consistent with age and gentle use. The front door panels present with a few hairline cracks which appear to have been sensitively filled and inpainted at some point in the history of the piece, the largest measuring approximately 5 inches and not visually distracting from the rich grain. One side of the cabinet presents with a natural fissure to the wood which has been stabilized with a rosewood key as part of the original design. The backside of the cabinet presents with a small chip to the wood measuring 2 ⅛ inches, not visually distracting. The burled handle presents with a few hairline cracks and small fissures within the wood grain which are inherent to the material and stable, as well as some light soiling concentrated to the recessed areas of the wood. The interior features one fixed shelf and three adjustable shelves.
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.