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Auction Description for Sotheby's: Erotic: Passion & Desire

Erotic: Passion & Desire (107 Lots)

by Sotheby's


107 lots with images

February 16, 2017

Live Auction

London, United Kingdom

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SARAH BERNHARDT | Ophelia

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Description: the frame with a title plaque inscribed: OPHELIA / PAR / SARAH BERNHARDT

Condition Report: Overall, the condition is good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age, in particular to the proper right shoulder and arm, to the side of the proper right breast, and to the water above the sternum and by the bottom right corner. There is minor veining to the marble, consistent with the material, including a few slightly visible yellowish veins to the proper left cheek, the neck, and the proper right breast. There are a few small chips and abrasions to the edges of the flowers, in particular to the two larger flowers lying on the proper left breast. It is possible there may be a few further minor abrasions in the flowers and hair, though these would be difficult to identify due to the extraordinary intricacy of the carving. There is some paint residue to the top of one of the flowers above the forehead, possibly concealing a minor chip. There are a few small abrasions to the edges of the relief. There are some yellowish dirt marks to the proper right side of the nose. The frame is stable, with wear consistent with age, including some stable splitting, consistent with the material, notably to the top section at the front. There are various small holes and specks of paint to the frame. "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."

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OSMAR SCHINDLER | Zwiegespräch (Tête à tête)

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Description: crayon on paper

Condition Report: The artist's sheet has been hinged to the mount on its reverse along the upper edge. There is a horizontal fold in the lower half of the composition, and some very small nail holes in the lower and upper edge. Some brownish stains are visible along the aforementioned fold (as visible in the catalogue illustration). However, colours are strong and the work is overall in good condition. Presented in a black narrow frame, glazed. "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."

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LUCIAN FREUD | Man Posing

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Description: Etching, 1985, printing with plate tone, initialled in pencil, numbered 27/50 (total edition includes 15 artist's proofs), on Somerset white wove paper, framed

Condition Report: With full margins (a deckle edge at each side), in good condition apart from occasional minute fox marks in margin (only visible upon close inspection), framed."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."

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PABLO PICASSO | Nu (Nude)

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Description: pencil on card

Condition Report: The card is sound and not laid down. The work is hinged to the overmount at the upper corners of the verso. The upper edge is deckled. There are sinuous flattened creases in places, notably running vertically from the centre of the upper edge, across the upper left corner and running horizontally from the centre of the right edge. There is a small nick to the upper right edge. The card is slightly time stained and there are remnants of old framers tape along the edges of the verso, not visible when framed. This work is in overall good condition."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."

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EGON SCHIELE | Akt (Nude)

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Description: charcoal and gouache on paper

Condition Report: Executed on cream wove paper, not laid down, t-hinged to the mount in two places along the upper edge and floating in the mount. All four edges have been reinforced with tape on the verso. There are some minor scattered repaired tears along the lower edge (the longest of which is approximately 6mm long) and a repaired tear to the centre of the upper edge (approximately 5mm long). There is some faint mount staining along the right edge from previous framing and a small area of discolouration to the left part of the lower edge. The sheet is slightly time-stained. This work is in overall good condition."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."

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GUSTAV KLIMT | Liegender Halbakt Nach Rechts (Half-nude reclining to the right)

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Description: pencil on paper

Condition Report: Executed on cream wove paper, not laid down, affixed to the backing board intermittently along the edges and floating in the mount. The upper and left edges are slightly unevenly cut. The sheet is slightly undulating and there are a few faint flattened creases. There are some tiny scattered spots of foxing. This work is in overall good condition."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."

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JACQUES LOYSEL, CIRCA 1896 | La Grande Névrose

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Description: white marble, on an associated wood base

Condition Report: Overall the marble is in very good condition with only minor wear to the surface consistent with age. There is minor dirt to the surface consistent with age. There are some minor dirt and moisture marks including to around the proper left breast. The marble would arguably benefit from a light professional cleaning. There is minor veining to the surface consistent with the material, including to the proper right ankle, chest, neck, mouth and proper right arm. The veining has a yellowish/ slightly orange colour. There are small naturally occurring inclusions of the same colour in the marble (again consistent with the material), particularly at the neck and proper right arm. There are a few further areas where the marble has a yellowish colour, including where the body meets the terrasse, such as between the proper left buttock and terrasse. There are one or two very minor chips to the edges of the terrasse, including to the front lower left corner. The wood base is in good condition with minor dirt and wear and some minor stable splitting consistent with the material."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."

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WILLEM DE KOONING | Reclining Nude

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Description: graphite on tracing paper

Condition Report: Colour: The colours in the catalogue illustration are fairly accurate although the tonality of the background tends more towards a soft cream in the original. Condition: This work is in very good condition. The sheet is hinged to the backing board on two places on the upper edge. Visible only when unframed and under extremely close inspection is some light discolouration along the edges. "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."

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A ROMAN MARBLE TORSO OF PAN, CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D. | A Roman Marble Torso of Pan

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Description: after a Hellenistic Greek original sculpture of the 3rd/1st Century B.C., the ithyphallic goat-legged shepherd deity standing with his right leg forward, his hands bound behind his back, his now missing head formerly turned to his left; no restorations.

Condition Report: Fragmentary as shown, surface somewhat worn overall due to cleaning. Note chips on fingertips on both hands in back."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."

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MAN RAY | Exposition Coloniale Internationale

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Description: Three photographs mounted in a folio: gelatin silver prints mounted on folded card

Condition Report: These prints are in overall good to very good condition, with silvering to the edges of the two inside prints only visible in raking light and silvering across the first print. There are some superficial surface scratches across all the prints. The card is slightly time stained and there are some small spots of foxing in places. The card is lightly undulating and there are some minor creases to the edges."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."

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PAVEL TCHELITCHEW | Bathers

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Description: oil on canvas

Condition Report: Structural Condition The canvas appears unlined and is securely attached to what certainly appears to be the artist's original keyed wooden stretcher. This is ensuring a stable structural support. There is a slight canvas draw in the upper left corner of the composition. There is also a small canvas distortion above the central figure's head. There are several labels adhered to the reverse of the stretcher. Paint Surface The paint surface has a relatively uneven and slightly discoloured varnish layer. There is also evidence of ingrained dirt and the painting would respond well to cleaning. There is a minor paint loss with an associated small indentation above the central figure's right elbow. There are also a few tiny losses in the lower left corner of the composition and a further tiny paint loss above the centre of the lower edge. There is a slightly raised stretcher-bar line corresponding to the central horizontal stretcher member. This appears stable. There is a small, slightly raised line within the central figure's upper back and a further raised line running through his left leg. These also appear stable. Inspection under ultra-violet light confirms the discoloured varnish layer. Inspection under ultra-violet also shows a small retouching on the left shoulder of the central figure, a small spot on the left hand figure's torso, and a few small spots of retouching on the right part of the upper edge. Summary The painting would therefore appear to be in good and stable condition and would respond well to cleaning, restoration and revarnishing"This lot is offered for sale subject to Sotheby's Conditions of Business, which are available on request and printed in Sotheby's sale catalogues. The independent reports contained in this document are provided for prospective bidders' information only and without warranty by Sotheby's or the Seller."

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CLIVE BARKER | Girl and her Pussy

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Description: polished bronze

Condition Report: The sculpture is sound and freestanding. There are traces of adhesive residue to one nut on the underside of the work. There are very small and extremely minor pitted casting flaws to the surface scattered throughout. There is some oxidisation to the crevices of the work. There are a few very light scratches and minor handling marks. Subject to the above the work is in very good overall condition. Please telephone the department on +44 (0) 207 293 6424 if you have any questions regarding the present work."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."

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CLIVE BARKER | I Thought She Was A Natural Blonde

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Description: polished bronze and synthetic fabric

Condition Report: The sculpture is sound and freestanding. There are extremely minor pitted casting flaws scattered throughout the surface, and one to the edge of the upper left thigh, in keeping with the nature of the Artist's materials and techniques. There are a few light scratches to the reverse of the work, and a few minor indentations along the upper front edge. Subject to the above the work is in very good overall condition. Please telephone the department on +44 (0) 207 293 6424 if you have any questions regarding the present work."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."

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CLIVE BARKER | Torso of Marianne Faithfull

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Description: chrome plated brass

Condition Report: The sculpture is sound and freestanding. There are a couple of tiny scratches and scuffs, visible upon close inspection. There are some traces of surface matter above the left protruding element, concentrated to a single area. Subject to the above the work is in very good overall condition. Please telephone the department on +44 (0) 207 293 6424 if you have any questions regarding the present work."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."

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ANTONY GORMLEY | POLE II

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Description: cast iron

Condition Report: Colour: The colours in the catalogue illustration are fairly accurate, although the patina is slightly darker in the original. Condition: This work is in very good condition. Extremely close inspection reveals a few extremely shallow and unobtrusive surface scratches in isolated places."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."

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PABLO PICASSO | Nu couché (Reclining nude)

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Description: pencil on paper

Condition Report: Executed on cream wove paper, not laid down and floating in the mount. The sheet is hinged to the mount at two points along the verso of the upper edge. The left and right edges are unevenly cut. The sheet is lightly time-stained and there are some very faint studio marks at centre right and upper left, possibly original. There are two tiny specks of foxing. This work is in overall very good condition."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."

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ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE | 'Bow and Arrow' (Lisa Lyon), 1981

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Description: Silver print, printed before 1983. Matted to cardboard. Signed, and numbered A.P. 1/2 in black ink in the margin. Together with a letter signed and dated by Lisa Lyon.

Condition Report: This print is in overall excellent condition. With some very light retouching and handling marks throughout the print, only visible in raking light, and with slightly softened corners."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."

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HELMUT NEWTON | 'Domestic Nude III: In the Laundry Room at the Château Marmont, Hollywood', 1992

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Description: Silver print. Signed, titled, dated and numbered 3/5 in pencil on the reverse. Mounted and framed.

Condition Report: This print is in overall very good to excellent condition. With a crease in the bottom right quadrant (approx. 3 cm) and some very light creases throughout the print from previously having been rolled, only visible in raking light. The print is affixed to the mount with tape at the top edge."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."

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MARC QUINN | Maquette for Siren

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Description: 24 carat gold leaf on bronze

Condition Report: Colour: The colours in the catalogue illustration are fairly accurate. Condition: Please contact the Contemporary Art Department for a professional condition report."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."

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ALFRED KUBIN | Notzucht an einer mährischen Bäuerin (Violation of a Moravian farmer)

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Description: pen and ink, wash and spritztechnik on Kataster paper

Condition Report: Executed on kataster paper, not laid down, hinged to the backing board with tape in three places along the upper edge. The lower and left edges are slightly unevenly cut and there are some paper remnants probably from previous mounting along the upper edge, not visible when framed. There are handling marks along the edges and scattered spots of foxing. There is a small surface nick to the verso, not visible on the recto. This work is in overall good condition."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."

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ARISTIDE MAILLOL | Portfolio d'études de nu

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Description: Grey hardback portfolio with 43 studies of nudes variously executed in pencil, coloured crayon and watercolour on paper

Condition Report: Grey hardback portfolio with 43 loose sheets. The sheets range in size from 10.5 by 21.7cm (Drawing 34) to 38.5 by 22.7cm. (Drawing 1). Drawings 9 and 27 bear the artist's monogram. The drawings are executed on a variety of supports, including the verso of a wedding invitation (Drawing 7) and the frontispiece of an exhibition catalogue (Drawing 6), although for the most part they are executed on cream, beige or grey wove paper. The sheets are in generally good original condition consistent with their age and studio provenance although they show signs of wear with creasing and small tears and losses to the edges. There are larger tears to Drawings 1, 27 and 32 and losses to the corners of Drawings 9 and 21. The sheets are lightly time-staining and there are studio stains to several works, notably Drawings 8, 12, 13 and 32."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."

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FRENCH, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY,  <EM>AN EXCEPTIONAL CARVED MAHOGANY BED</EM> |

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Description: in the form of a shell-shaped vessel upon which a two-tailed figure of mermaid, carved in the round, is seated, her right arm upraised; the shell with ribbed mouldings and carved with scrolls and stylised shells, two swans guiding the boat on each side 

Condition Report: An exceptional piece in very good conserved condition, with minor marks and scratches consistent with age and use, and some polish residues. There are some hardly noticeable chips along the construction lines, and one sympathetically repaired area with fillings to the back of the shell. Some discreet filling, hardly noticeable, to old and very minor scratches to the body of the mermaid figure. The pale burgundy velvet cover, 19th century, comprised of three sections (one large panel, and two narrower side panels), and applied with silvered metal covered buttons (oxidised), lined; is in overall very good overall condition. Please note that this piece comes with a new custom-made mattress that has never been used."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."

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JULES DESBOIS | Naïade aux pavots (Nymph with Flowers)

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Description: white marble

Condition Report: Overall, the condition of the marble is very good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There are some small chips to the edges of the base. There are a few minor naturally occurring inclusions, including to the proper right hip. There are some minor dirt marks to some of the edges. There is minor veining to the base, consistent with the material. There are a few possible very minor chips to the edges of the foliage. The proper left big toe and middle toe are restored, as is one of the proper right middle toes. "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."

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PAUL LOUIS EMILE LOISEAU-ROUSSEAU | Femme Assise (Seated Woman)

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Description: white marble

Condition Report: Overall, the sculpture is in very good condition, with some wear and dirt to the surface consistent with age. There is minor veining to the abdomen. There are dirt marks to some of the high points. There is a possible abrasion to the proper left big toe. "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."

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AIMÉ-JULES DALOU | La Courtisane (The Courtesan)

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Description: bronze, light brown patina, on a veined green marble base

Condition Report: Overall the condition of the bronze is very good with some minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There are a few small lacunae consistent with the casting process. There are a few spots of wax to the surface. There are a few minor chips, scratches and abrasions to the edges and corners of the marble base."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."

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BISSAGOS ISLANDS, GUINEA BISSAU,<BR><EM>BIDJOGO SPOON</EM> | Bidjogo Spoon
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IVORY COAST,<BR><EM>DAN SPOON</EM> | Dan Spoon

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Description: wood

Condition Report: Good overall condition. Wear consistent with age and use within the culture. There is a chip to the top right of the bowl of the spoon, as visible in the catalogue photos. There is a small chip in the centre of the front of the neck and a hairline crack running up between the legs, about 1 inch on each side. The right foot has been broken and repaired."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."

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NICOLAS KLAMMER, PROBABLY VIENNA, CIRCA 1790, IVORY PANEL | ivory panel

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Description: carved with naked nymphs adoring a Priapic herm, after Giovanni Pichler, set on the lid of a circular tortoiseshell snuff box with gold mounts, unmarked

Condition Report: very fine carving, crack on blue background and one nymph's foot detached, Lid tortoiseshell cracked at 11 o'clock and another one at 3 o'clock. gold rim of box detached. overall good order otherwise."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."

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GERMANY, MID-18TH CENTURY, SNUFF BOX  | Snuff box 

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Description: cartouche form, shaped sides, the lid carved as a cockle shell, the interior of the lid with a miniature on ivory depicting a cat scaring her scantily-clad mistress out of her bed

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GERMANY, MID-18TH CENTURY, SNUFF BOX | Snuff box

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Description: the lid, sides and base painted with various stages of attraction, reserved on a turquoise ground, the interior of the lid painted with a lady welcoming her lover, wavy gilt-metal mounts

Condition Report: Lid with some minor hairline cracks around edges, base with two cracks at each rear corner - visible from the inside only. a few normal minor chips to corners and ends. good order overall."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."

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VARIOUS ORIGINS, 18TH/19TH CENTURY, FIVE EROTIC MINIATURES | Five erotic miniatures

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Description: the first concealed within the base of a circular pressed pollard wood box, France, circa 1820, the lid with 'les deux Gaspard'; the others, three circular and one rectangular, probably also formerly intended as the 'surprises' in snuff boxes but now framed, each painted with a scene of either suggested or requited attraction

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NICOLAES PIETERSZ. BERCHEM AND STUDIO | Jupiter disguised as Diana seducing the nymph Callisto

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Description: oil on canvas

Condition Report: The canvas has been relined. The paint surface is stable and appears to be in good overall condition with no major damages and a clear and even varnish. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals a thin band of strengthening of between 4 and 30 mm. in width running along all four margins. There are scattered minor retouchings in the chest and hair of Diana, and a thin horizontal line of repaired damage measuring approx. 14 cm. in the lower part of her dress. There are also scattered, minor retouchings in the stomach, arms and cloak of Callisto. The faces of the two figures are in excellent condition. There are several areas of localised retouching in the background: in the lower left corner; in three areas approximately 7 cm. from the right hand margin to the right of Callisto’s cloak, the largest of which measures approx. 4 by 10 cm.; and scattered spot retouchings to the right of Diana’s head and in the leaves in the upper right corner. Offered in a carved and gilt and painted wood frame with some chips and losses. "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."

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FOLLOWER OF REVEREND MATTHEW WILLIAM PETERS, R.A. | Portrait of Miss Mortimer as Hebe

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Description: oil on board

Condition Report: The panel is flat and stable. The painting is in good overall condition. The paint surface is stable with some surface accretion including the residue from an old label in the upper left hand corner measuring approximately 1 by 1 ½ in. There are minor losses and scuffs along all four margins as a result of frame abrasion. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals an uneven varnish and a handful of scattered minor retouchings, in the sitter’s hair and clothing. Offered in a carved and gesso gilt wood frame with some minor chips and losses."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."

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NERESHEIMER, HANAU, LATE 19TH CENTURY, TWO-HANDLED TANKARD | Two-handled tankard

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Description: the finial in the form of Aphrodite accompanied by a putto, the barrel carved with a bacchanale, each handle carved as a bearded Dionysius, the silver-gilt mounts with palmettes, laurel wreath and scrolling foliage 

Condition Report: superb carving, overall excellent condition apart from minor usual hairline cracks and a few minute restoration to high relief (leaves, foot of putto on lid) almost not noticeable to naked eye."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."

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GUSTAV FRIEDRICH GERICH, AUGSBURG, 1802 | Bourdaloue

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Description: oval form narrowing to a lip, later chased with depictions of amorous classical figures within clouds, the centre chased 'C'est cet oeil - que voit-ouvert le Ciel' around a central eye motif

Condition Report: Marks clear to rim of base. The bowl has possibly re-shaped at some point. The later embossed depictions are crisp."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."

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RICHARD MÜLLER | Ritter und Mädchen (The Knight and the Girl)

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Description: oil on board

Condition Report: The board is flat and even. There is a horizontal joint line running in the centre of the board (patched on the reverse) and a faint horizontal superficial scratch in the upper right corner. Ultra-violet light reveals a stroke of retouching along the aforementioned joint and some fine scattered lines notably in the girl's hair and in the background in the upper left and upper right. The work is overall in good condition and ready to hang. Presented in a decorative gilt frame."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."

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CAMILLE BOMBOIS | Baigneuses surprises (Surprised bathers)

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Description: oil on canvas

Condition Report: The canvas is not lined. UV examination reveals no signs of retouching. The canvas is slightly undulating and there is evidence of frame rubbing along the lower and right edges. There is a small paint loss towards the lower part of the right edge. Otherwise this work is in overall very good condition."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."

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ATTRIBUTED TO GIOVANNI BONAZZA (1654-1736)<BR />ITALIAN, PADUA, CIRCA 1700 | Satyr and Nymph

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Description: marble

Condition Report: Overall the condition of the marble is good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age, with particular dirt in the crevices. There are a few very minor losses, including to the nymph's proper left index and middle finger. There is minor rubbing to the marble at the high points, including to the nymphs proper right breast. There are a few small chips and abrasions around the edges and corners of the relief. A small piece of the rock work at the top appears to have been reattached. There is some slight veining to the marble, consistent with the material, including to the nymph's chest and hip and to the marble background at the top. There are some minor scratches in areas, notably to the nymph's upper thigh, hip and breast. There is some dark staining in a few areas. The marble is accompanied by a modern metal stand, with a metal mount that has been attached to the back of the marble with screws. There is very minor general wear to the metal. The overall height including the stand is 32cm., 12 5/8 in."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."

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ALFRED BOUCHER | L'Hirondelle Blessée

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Description: white marble

Condition Report: There is dirt and wear to the surface of the marble consistent with age. The surface of the flesh and wings is smooth in texture, possibly indicating that the marble has been outside for a period of time and has subsequently been cleaned and restored. There are several areas of restoration, mostly restored inclusions, veins and small chips. These include: an area of the proper left side of the forehead; to the proper right cheek; to the thighs; to the back on the proper left side by the wing; to the proper right upper arm and breast; to the proper left hand and foot; to the top of the head; to the back of the neck; to the proper right leg. A section of the proper right middle finger is restored. There are two slightly visible restored breaks to the tip of the proper right wing. There is minor restoration to the tops of the wings. The base has been left deliberately roughly hewn - there appear to be no losses or conspicuous chips. There is minor veining to the marble consistent with the material. There are small naturally occurring inclusions to the marble particularly at the chest. There are minor dirt marks, including to the nose, proper left foot and legs. Otherwise the condition is good. The marble is very well carved."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."

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JULIUS LEBLANC STEWART | Before the Fire

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Description: oil on canvas

Condition Report: The canvas has been relined. The picture presents well and is overall in good condition. There is some light frame rubbing along the extreme edges and one small spot of paint loss in the lower left corner. There is a pattern of hairline craquelure throughout, somewhat more visible in the figure's body. Ultra-violet light reveals areas of retouching in the blue pigments in the lower half of the composition, a circa 10cm. vertical stroke in the background to the left of the upper part of the fireplace (possibly addressing an old repair), clusters of retouching in the girl's body and in the white fabric, and some other scattered spots. However, the face is untouched. This picture is ready to hang. Presented in a decorative gilt frame."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."

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HOWARD CHANDLER CHRISTY | Nudes at the Beach

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Description: oil on canvas

Condition Report: The canvas has not been lined. The picture is overall in very good condition and presents very well. Ultra-violet light reveals scattered spots of cosmetic retouching mainly in the background, including: some spots in the upper left and upper right corners, in the sand in the lower half of the composition and in the upper right and upper left quadrants, and some minor spots in and around the main figure to the right. Faces are untouched. Presented in a decorative black and gold frame."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."

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THÉODORE JACQUES RALLI | The Offering

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Description: oil on canvas

Condition Report: The canvas has not been lined. This work is in good condition and presents very well. There are three pin-head size nail holes along the extreme left, upper and right framing edges and one very small spot of flaking in the background above the figure. However, this appears to be stable. Faint horizontal stretcher marks are also visible. Ultra-violet light reveals one small spot of retouching between the figure's thighs, some minor cosmetic spots in the background to the left of the figure, and some areas of uneven fluorescence due to discoloured varnish. This work is ready to hang. Presented in a decorative frame."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."

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THOMAS ROWLANDSON | The Inspection

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Description: Watercolour over pencil, heightened with pen and black ink;signed lower right: T Rowlandson

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[BOYER D'ARGENS]. THÉRÈSE PHILOSOPHE, [C.1749] (1 VOL.)

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Description: 2 parts in one volume, 8vo (170 x 110mm.), frontispiece and 15 (of 16) engraved plates (including 8 folding), separate title page to second part, contents for second part incorrectly paginated, final errata leaf, later crushed blue morocco ruled in gilt, spine gilt in compartments, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, lacking plate 12, occasional spotting, folding plates with some creasing and tears, some neatly repaired

Condition Report: Condition is described in the main body of the cataloguing, where appropriate."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."

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[EROTIC ALBUM]. RIRE ET GALANTERIE. [C.1925] (1 VOL.)

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Description: Oblong folio album (270 x 350mm.) containing 28 various erotic illustrations, of which 27 are watercolour and coloured crayon, and one pencil, red crayon and white chalk, mostly full-page, 2 illustrations with overslips, each titled or captioned by hand, some signed, contemporary half blue cloth over marbled paper boards, titled on hand-drawn paper label decorated with sprays of flowers on upper board, binding slightly rubbed and worn, particularly at spine

Condition Report: Condition is described in the main body of the cataloguing, where appropriate."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."

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JEAN-MICHEL MOREAU, CALLED MOREAU LE JEUNE | Three erotic scenes

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Description: All pen and brown ink and wash over traces of black chalk, within brown ink framing lines;all signed in pen and brown ink: J.M.Moreau le Jeune and one dated: 1789;each sheet inscribed and numbered, verso: Le Chatouillement 242, L'avant-goût 243 and L'achèvement 244

Condition Report: All three drawings are hinged along their upper edge to a card backing, but are otherwise free. There is some very minor discoloration to the sheets and a small, diagonal crease to the lower left corner of L'avant-goût. Otherwise in very fine condition with the medium fresh and vibrant throughout. Sold in a modern painted frame."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."

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A ROMAN MARBLE GROUP OF TWO LOVERS, CIRCA 1ST/2ND CENTURY A.D. | A Roman Marble Group of Two Lovers

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Description: the woman reclining and grasping with her left hand the cushion on which she leans; no restorations.

Condition Report: Fragmentary as shown. Most extremities missing. Note the man's abraded feet in back and chipped proper left arm. Minor chips, scratches, and abrasions overall. Light brownish patina."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."

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CHINESE SCHOOL, QING DYNASTY, 18TH/19TH CENTURY,<BR /><BR />A FINELY PAINTED EROTIC SUBJECT HANDSCROLL, ATTRIBUTED TO QIU YING |

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Description: Attributed to Qiu Yingink and colour on silkexquisitely painted with twelve indoor erotic scenes, mounted as a single continuous handscroll, colophon

Condition Report: The handscroll is in overall good condition with some minor losses and wear."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."

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CHINESE SCHOOL, QING DYNASTY, 19TH CENTURY,<BR /><BR />TEN EROTIC PAINTINGS |

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Description: ink and colour on silk, each brightly painted, depicting couples engaged in amorous pursuits; one framed, nine in an album 

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ISODA KORYUSAI (ACT. 1768-88) AND OTHERS,<BR /><BR />TEN EROTIC PRINTS |

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Description: ink and colour on paper, each inscribed and brightly painted with couples in amorous positions within an interior setting

Condition Report: Overall, all the prints with slight discolouration to the paper and uneven edges where it has been reduced. Some prints have stains, a few with minor wear to the edges, crease lines to the paper where it has been folded, and one with wormholes. "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."

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