Mozart, Franz Xaver Wolfgang ('Wolfgang Amadeus', son of W. A. Mozart)
- Autograph note, signed ("W. A. Mozart"), to an unidentified correspondent
- paper and ink
...ich vergaß zu bemerken, daß ich durchaus keine Schulden habe, mit Ausnahme von einigen wenigen Gulden an Tobias Haslinger...
1 page (5.6 x 8.4cm), cut down from a larger leaf, with fine red wax seal with F. X. Mozart's monogram ("WM"), Vienna, 17 June 1842, mounted on card, seal tear, edges frayed, slightly affecting one word of text, browning
"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."
This note detailing some aspects of Franz Xaver's finances dates from 1842, the year of the unveiling of the Mozart memorial in Salzburg, and two years before his death in Carlsbad from stomach cancer. After many years' teaching in Lemberg, Franz Xaver had returned to live in Vienna in 1838. Although he was an accomplished pianist and a talented composer of keyboard and vocal works, he lived his life in the shadow of his father, many of whose autographs and papers, and also his piano, he bequeathed on his death to the Salzburg Dommusikverein.