The Duke of Palmela, Portugal; The Chinese Porcelain Company, New York
This table may have been acquired by the The First Duke of Palmela, Don Pedro de Sousa-Holstein (1781-1850, created Count of Palmela in 1812, Marquis of Palmela in 1823, and Duke in 1850). He was an important statesman who served as Portuguese ambassador to the Congress of Vienna in 1814 and Prime Minister from 1834-35, and during the years between these posts he resided in Brazil and London, both as ambassador and in exile. His descendants enriched the family collections housed at the Palmela residences in Lisbon and the Casa de Calhariz in Sesimbra.
Marble top in very good condition. Very minor chips and losses to gilding; usual rubbing and age cracks. Ready to place. 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.