Description: the serpentine rectangular top inset with a gilt-tooled leather writing surface, above three frieze drawers to the front and three simulated drawers to the back, on cabriole legs headed by ram's head chutes; stamped twice J. Zwiener to the underside
Dimensions: 78.5cm. high, 146cm. wide, 83cm. deep; 2ft. 5¾in., 4ft. 9½in., 2ft. 8¾in.
Condition Report: This elegant bureau plat is in good original condition. The contemporary leather writing surface is in stable but distressed condition, as expected, with marks, scratches, wear and stains throughout. There are minor losses to the veneer, most notably in the areas surrounding the drawers and on the legs. There are faint traces of shrinking cracks on the veneer which is however in good condition, with only occasional stains and would benefit from re-polishing. The gilt-bronzes, of lovely quality, have never been re-gilt and are tarnished; they would greatly benefit from a light clean according to taste.
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Saleroom Notice: This lot contains endangered species. Sotheby's recommends that buyers check with their own government regarding any importation requirements prior to placing a bid. For example, US regulations restrict or prohibit the import of certain items to protect wildlife conservation. Please note that Sotheby's will not assist buyers with the shipment of this lot to the US. A buyer's inability to export or import these lots cannot justify a delay in payment or sale cancellation.
Provenance: Formerly at Schloss Ried, Herrsching, Bavaria
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