item reports

Measures stated on the website are approximate. Color display might be slightly inaccurate depending on user screen etc.

På femte våningen cannot guarantee that objects described as “attributed to”, in fact are made by the mentioned designer/producer. Such attributions are based on unconfirmed information given by different auction houses and dealers.

Condition is a very important aspect of our careful selection of objects. As many of our customers are very dedicated collectors, a “very good” condition report sometimes has additional details specified within brackets. These details generally concern negligible production flaws on objects marked as first quality, or wear stemming from ordinary use. Below some detail reports are explicated:

Pores in glaze: A negligible production related flaw; a very small round opening in the glaze due to an air bubble during the firing. These flaws are common also on objects considered factory first quality and are generally negligible even to the most dedicated collectors. Notions of pores in glaze are made only for objects with delicate glaze (e.g. haresfur glaze pieces), and not for objects with thick and rough glaze where pores are to be expected.

Wear to base: Fine and superficial scratches from moving a piece forth and back without lifting it up. Expected from ordinary use. In cases of hard scratches and/or extensive superficial scratches the expression “hard wear to base” is used.

Fleabite chips, most likely stemming from production: Referring to minimal, uneven edges where a piece has been cut. Considered to be stemming from production due to location or the way they are clustered. For instance it’s quite common that mould blown vases has such on the inside rim, a spot utterly unlikely to hit by accident. Nor is it uncommon that diamond or facet cut glass has these flaws where the facets meet. However, it’s obviously impossible to rule out the possibility that these flaws are post-production.

Watermarks: We have a very low tolerance when it comes to glass objects with watermarks unless they are utterly faint and visible only from certain angles in direct light. In some cases we also tolerate minor water mark rings on the inside bottom. Watermarks stem from calcium oxide and appear as a matte, misty area (often a ring) from the waterline. Not uncommon on pieces with narrow openings, e.g. decanters, bottles etc. The common user generally find these flaws neglectable, but as mentioned we rarely acquire such pieces, particularly since watermarks generally are very hard to photograph and hence to communicate to our customers.

Patina, wear, stains: Referring to the changes in the surface of different metals due to age and normal use, e.g. oxidation and superficial scratches. Note that evidence of dents, misshapes or hard scratches would be stated as such.

Polished, no protective coating: When lacquered brass items has an even or slightly stained patina we generally sell them “as is”. In other cases we use Pol metal polish cream that remove not only stains etc. but also the protective lacquer itself.