Good clear to each sections of two-part base. Part marks to all floral garlands and detachable sconces. Two water lollies also fully marked. The central candelabrum fully marked to the base and the central support. Part marked to the four cherubs, applied cartouches, and detachable sconces. One cherub (the highest) fits loosely as there is a small break where the thread of one foot sits to column. Two of the floral garlands attached to the base edging are missing, another on the opposing side is slightly broken and does not hold in place. The four central dishes are probably later and one of the two outer dishes has damage to the rim (approximately 7cm in length). No other obvious losses to the grape tendrils and vines. Extremely heavy total weight. The whole is later gilt and has a finish which simulates more ormolu than silver-gilt. Mirror from plateau in good order. "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."
The plateau 227cm., 89¹/² in. long overall; the centrepiece, 78.7cm., 31in. high
Important Silver, Christie's London, 13 June 2001, lot 25