What is guaranteed?
lacquered and gilt wood, gilt bronze
stamped A. A. RATEAU/INV/PARIS twice
36¾ x 22¾ x 10 in. (93.3 x 57.7 x 25.4 cm)
Overall in very good condition. This rare and important fire screen exhibits beautiful figurative details that adorn the central wood screen, which are very well maintained overall.
The central wood panel presents with scratches throughout and occasional edge abrasions around the frame.
The gilding shows some occasional areas of small losses with the white plaster base or red undercoat on the plaster base showing. There are some areas of faint discoloration throughout which suggest some earlier restoration, but this is not visually distracting (see catalog photographs). Some areas of inpainting to the gilding, not visually distracting. The raised decoration covered in dark lacquer with some surface abrasions, slight scratches and small losses as to be expected. There is a short hairline to the upper right part between one of the leaves and a branch.
The upper portion of the back of the panel presents with remnants of old paper labels one possibly an original Rateau label. The largest label almost entirely removed and covering an area measuring 4 x 2 in., resulting in losses to the gilding covering an area measuring 4 x 2 in.
The gilt bronze surfaces present with light scratches throughout and some faint discoloration to the gilding concentrated to the edges and recessed areas. The vertical side bars with two areas of shallow indentations to the metal each measuring approximately 1 in. long and not visually distracting.
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.