The duan inkstone is overall in quite good condition with only a tiny nick to the edge of one lobe near the crab on the left side (showing on the illustration in the catalogue), some light pitting below the rim edge on the underside and expected surface wear on the feet. The actual colour is slightly darker than on the catalogue photo. The wood box and cover are also in good condition with very light surface scratches and one or two tiny nicks along the cover rim and the inside rim of the box. "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."