Private Collection, California (acquired directly from the artist circa 1999) Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2009
"In these paintings, Thiebaud satisfied an age-old principle of the still life tradition: that the artist discover some virtue, not in inanimate objects as such, but in the isolation of the object. Through this technique of isolation, Thiebaud invests his images with a significance normally denied them." Karen Tsujimoto, Wayne Thiebaud, San Francisco 1985 p. 51
This work is in very good condition overall. There is an artist’s pinhole in each corner. Under extremely close inspection, a pinpoint light brown drip accretion is visible in the lower white-painted area just right of center and in the yellow-painted right side of the slot machine to the left of the second star and a pinpoint spot accretion is visible in the lower left of the blue-painted area. Under Ultraviolet light inspection, there is no evidence of restoration. Framed. 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.