Private Collection, New York (acquired directly from the artist) Acquired by the present owner from the above circa 1999-2002
"In 1955, 25-year-old Niki de Saint Phalle saw Gaudí's Parc Güell in Barcelona. It was a moment that changed her life. 'I met my master,' she said later, 'and my destiny.' She was determined to create a garden of her own." Hannah Marshall in "Love, Obsession and Faith," The Riviera Times, December 2010
This work is in very good and sound condition overall. There are some light and scattered abrasions to the sculpture visible under close inspection. There are some accretions and pitting to the 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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.