Like the gilt-bronze group depicting a dog attacking an eagle sold in these auction rooms (former Steinitz collection, Paris, 30 june 2016, lot 13), these groups were maybe not created to decorate chenets. They are independent works of art. We also list a pair of swans attributed to Jacques Caffieri, formerly in the D. Riahi collection, and another pair in Houghton Hall collections (Great-Britain).
The illustration of the catalogue is accurate. Good overall condition. The gilding is slightly tarnished and rubbed as expected. "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."