Overall the condition of the bronze is very good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There are a number of small lacunae in the bronze, such as in one of the leopard's mouths and in the internal lip of the lid. There are also a number of minor fissures, including in one of the legs. The internal lip of the lid is cast separately and there is a slightly open but stable joint. The legs and the leopards heads appear to be cast separately, some of the joints are slightly visible. There are minor nicks and scratches to the bronze. "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. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."