Description: upholstered with Louis XVI, Aubusson, genre tapestry, circa 1780 (and later)
Condition Report: These chairs are in reasonable condition. There are hairline construction cracks throughout, and the paint is rubbed with losses in places, exposing the wood underneath and creating a variation in patina. Some chairs redecorated in places. One chair with a broken and repaired arm and back. One chair with later securing batons to the underside. One chair with repaired fracture to. One with crack to front rail. One with fracture to top upright. Chips to carved and raised detail. Evidence of old worm. The Aubusson upholstery dating from around 1780 with tears and repaired and later elements. It is in part discoloured and distressed, most notably on the armrests. A highly decorative set.
"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."
Provenance: Sotheby's London, Important French Furniture, 26 June 1987, lot 118.
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