Good overall condition. The brass shade presents with a few rare light scratches and with a few rare and rather small area with pitting of oxidation. The base presents with light surface oxidation. The stem holding the ammonite has been glued to the base at some point in the history of the piece. The stem is no longer glued but there are glue remnants around. The ammonite fossil presents with some chips on one side, inherent to the history of the fossil and with a few scratches and scuffs on the other side, not visually distracting. The colour of the ammonite is not fairly accurate in the catalogue illustration, it is more beige and less grey. Sotheby's does not guarantee electrical components and suggests 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. 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."