Fair overall condition consistent with age and use.
The bronze presents with some surface scratches and minute dents scattered on the surface. The patina is worn, with some losses revealing the silvering underneath. The patina of the upper part of the lid is almost completely gone. The silvering with some instances of oxidation and some wear to the top of the lid (with some losses of silvering partially revealing the bronze underneath).
The inside of the ashtray presents with significant oxidation to the silvering, burn marks on the inside of the lid and some losses to the silvering. "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."