This work is registered in the Fondazione Lucio Fontana, Milan, under the number 1251/14.
Galleria dell'Ariete, Milan
Acquired directly from the above by the previous owner in the early 1990s
Milan, Galleria Pater, Ceramiche di Fontana, 1962
“I think that Matter is important to the evolution of art, but the artist must control it, it is what the artist uses for his new creation, but the important thing, the most important thing is the idea…” Lucio Fontana quoted in: Exhibition Catalogue, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Lucio Fontana: Venice/new York, 2006. p 219.
The colour in the catalogue illustration is fairly accurate.
This work is in very good condition. Close inspection reveals a tiny loss to the bottom fourth bucchi and a few minute scuffs and surface irregularities in isolated places. No restoration is apparent when examined under ultra-violet light. "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."