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Property from an Important French Collection
palmwood, oxidized brass
29¼ x 70½ x 31¾ in. (74.3 x 179.1 x 80.6 cm)
Overall in very good condition. This superb desk with stellar provenance is in well-maintained condition overall with expected wear throughout. The varnish appears to have been refreshed at some point in the history of the piece. The wooden surfaces present with fine and stable hairline cracks concentrated to the drawers as well as light surface scratches and edge abrasions throughout, which are concentrated to the edges of the tabletop and edges of the side panels, the largest measuring approximately ½ inch wide. Two side edges of the desk with areas of small loss to the raised palmwood element, each measuring approximately 2 ¾ in. and 3 ¾ in. The palmwood with occasional spotty and scattered areas of discoloration, not visually distracting. The metal surfaces present with light oxidation throughout as intended by the artist as well as consistent with age. The feet with occasional very minor nicks and scratches consistent with use and not visually distracting. The three drawers are in functional condition. Offered together with a period key, likely original, in working condition.
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.