What is guaranteed?
Dirk van Erp
hand-wrought copper, original mica
impressed with the ghosted mark of D'ARCY GAW/DIRK VAN ERP inside a closed box below a windmill
22 in. (55.9 cm) high
21¼ in. (54 cm) diameter of shade
Overall in very good condition. The hand-wrought copper surfaces present with a beautifully aged patina and rich hammered texture. The copper surfaces throughout present with scattered minor surface scratches, abrasions, minor discolorations and light surface soiling consistent with age and gentle use. The upper shoulder of the lamp presents with a slightly more pronounced scratch measuring approximately 1 inch, only visible upon close inspection. The mica presents with a highly nuanced and textural surface with scattered surface irregularities which are inherent to the material and promote the naturalistic quality of the work. The mica presents with instances of very minor crackling to the surface as well as scattered areas of rubbing, flaking and small losses to the outermost layer of mica, not affecting functionality or stability of the mica panels overall. Two panels present with slightly more pronounced cracks and associated losses to the mica, the largest measuring approximately 1 ¼ inch, which is stable and not visually distracting. Sotheby's does not guarantee electrical components and recommends having all wiring inspected by a licensed electrician.
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.