Auction ended on April 18th, 2012 UTC
82: Three Alessandro Merlin Italian Erotica Bowls
Male nudes, dark blue and white porcelain. Dia. (each bowl) 3 inches. Very good condition.
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ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS:FINE ART FINE ART TERM I:WARRANTY: No warranty exist for: a. authorship of any paintings, drawings or sculpture created prior to 1870; or b. any catalog description where it was specifically mentioned that there is a conflict of specialist opinion on the authorship of a lot; or c. authorship which on the date of sale was in accordance with the then generally accepted opinion of scholars and specialists, despite the subsequent discovery of new information, whether historical or physical, concerning the artist or craftsman, his students, school, workshop or followers; ord. the identification of periods or dates of execution which may be proven inaccurate by means of scientific processes not generally accepted for use until after publication of the catalog, or which were unreasonably expensive or impractical to use at the time of publication of the catalog. The authenticity of signatures, monograms, initials or other similar indications of authorship is expressly excluded as a controlling factor in determining whether a work is a counterfeit under the meaning of these Terms and Conditions of Auction. FINE ART TERM II: GLOSSARY OF TERMS: Terms used in this catalog have the following meanings:1. BY THOMAS MORAN In our opinion, the work is by the artist. 2. ATTRIBUTED TO THOMAS MORAN In our opinion, the work is likely of the period of the artist and may be whole or in part the work of the artist. 3. STUDIO, (CIRCLE OR WORKSHOP) OF THOMAS MORAN In our opinion, the work is of the period and closely relates to his style. 4. SCHOOL OF THOMAS MORAN In our opinion, the work is by a pupil or a follower of the artist. 5. MANNER OF THOMAS MORAN In our opinion, the work is in the style of the artist and maybe of a later period. 6. AFTER THOMAS MORAN In our opinion, this work is a copy of the artist. 7. ASCRIBED TO THOMAS MORAN In our opinion, this work is not by the artist, however, previous scholarship has noted this to be a work by the artist. 8. SIGNED (OR DATED) The work has a signature (or date) which is in our opinion is genuine. 9. BEARS SIGNATURE (OR DATE) The work has a signature (or date) which in our opinion may not be authentic. Please note that all statements in this catalog regarding authorship, attribution, origin, date, age, provenance and condition are statements of opinion and are not treated as a statement of fact. FINE ART TERM III: The catalog descriptions are provided for identification purposes only. Bidders who intend to challenge the description of a lot must notify Auctioneer in writing within ten (10) days of the Auctions conclusion. In the event Auctioneer cannot deliver the lot or subsequently it is established that the lot lacks title or the description is materially incorrect, or other transfer or condition issue is claimed, Auctioneers liability shall be limited to rescission of sale and refund of purchase price. In no case shall Auctioneers maximum liability exceed the successful bid on that lot, which bid shall be deemed for all purposes the value of the lot. After one year has elapsed from the close of the Auction,Auctioneers maximum liability shall be limited to any commissions and fees Auctioneer earned on that lot. FINE ART TERM IV:Any claim as to authorship, provenance, authenticity, or other matter under the remedies provided in the Fine Arts Terms and Conditions or otherwise must be first transmitted to Auctioneer by credible and definitive evidence within the applicable claim period. Auctioneer, in processing the written claim, may require the Purchaser to obtain the written opinion of two recognized experts in the field who are mutually accepted by Auctioneer and Purchaser. Upon receipt of the two opinions, Auctioneer shall determine whether to rescind the sale. The Purchasers claim must be presented in accord with the remedies provided herein and is subject to the limitations and restrictions provided (including within the described time limitations). Regardless of Purchasers submissions there is no assurance after such presentment that Auctioneer will validate the claim. Authentication is not an exact science and contrary opinions may not be recognized by Auctioneer. Even if Auctioneer agrees with the contrary opinion of such authentication and provides a remedy within these Terms and Conditions or otherwise, our liability for reimbursement for bidders third party opines shall not exceed $200. The right of rescission, return, or any other remedy provided in these Terms and Conditions, or any other applicable law, does not extend to authorship of any lot which at the date of Auction was in accordance with the then generally accepted opinion of scholars and specialists, despite the subsequent discovery of new information, whether historical or physical, concerning the artist, his students, school, workshop or followers. Purchaser by placing a bid expressly waives any claim or damage based on such subsequent information as described herein. It is specifically understood that any refund agreed to by the Auctioneer would be limited to the purchase price. FINE ART TERM V: Provenance and authenticity, excluding those as described in "FINE ART TERM II: GLOSSARY OF TERMS", are guaranteed by neither the consignor nor Auctioneer. While every effort is made to determine provenance and authenticity, it is the responsibility of the Bidder to arrive at their own conclusion prior to bidding. FINE ART TERM VI: On the fall of Auctioneers hammer, Buyers of Fine Arts and Decorative Arts lots assumes full risk and responsibility for lot, including shipment by common carrier or third-party shipper, and must provide their own insurance coverage for shipments. FINE ART TERM VII: Statements by Preston Hall regarding the condition of objects are for guidance only and should not be relied upon as statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty, or assumption of liability by Preston Hall. All lots offered regardless of a condition report are sold "AS IS
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