Description: the central architectural door surrounded by an arrangement of drawers, the whole inset with engraved ivory panels
Dimensions: 48cm. high, 88cm. wide, 29cm. deep; 1ft. 7in., 2ft. 10¾in., 11in.
Condition Report: With marks, scratches and minor losses to inlay consistent with age and use, traces of old woodworm which appears to be no longer active and some fading to the ebonised wood. Two drawers with handles detached, one of which is lost. Two drawers with part of the moulded ebonised border detached but present. Two pieces of ivory veneer detached but also present. Only the central door and two drawers retain their locks; one of these is detached.The left side with losses to the ivory inlay, notably the bottom inlay, and lifting to parts of the veneer. The right side with some old repairs to the veneer and some losses, notably to the bottom border. There is one minor lifting to the ivory inlay, also with some losses. A good piece in need of some attention.
"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.
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Saleroom Notice: This lot contains ivory. Due to recent changes in the laws of many countries (e.g. US, France) Sotheby's recommends that buyers check with their own government regarding any importation requirements prior to placing a bid. For example, US regulations restrict the import of elephant ivory and prohibit the import of African elephant ivory. Please note that Sotheby's will not assist buyers with the shipment of this lot into the US. A buyer's inability to export or import these lots cannot justify a delay in payment or sale cancellation.
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