The print depicted of an extinct Canadian Dove is by Francois Nicolas Martinet, published 1765-83. The map depicted may be a detail from a map of the Gulf of Mexico and surrounding locations by Rigobert Bonne (1727–1795), one of the most important cartographers of the late 18th century.
Canvas is relined. The paint layer is clean with only a slightly dirty varnish. No retouches whatsoever are visible, though the picture could benefit from a fresh varnish. In a carved gilt wood frame with red felt liner. 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.