Collection Nellens, Knokke-le-Zoute Sotheby's, London, 26 June 1996, Lot 41 Acquired from the above sale by the present owner
Marsha and Robin Williams often gave each other gifts in the form of art, and Niki de Saint-Phalle’s exquisite La Poete at sa Muse is one of those beloved gifts that Robin gave to his wife. Marsha notes that is was one of Robin’s favorite works in their collection. Upon learning that the Williams had acquired one of her works, Niki de Saint-Phalle, who was staying nearby the Williams Family home at the time, wrote a whimsically decorated letter to Robin and left it in the mailbox. Feeling they were kindred spirits, de Saint-Phalle addressed the letter, For Robin Williams, from a fan -- Nikki “phsycodelic brain”.
This work is in very good and sound condition overall. There are some irregularities to the surface, particularly seen in the glazing, and possibly a result of previous restoration. There is faint hairline cracking present in the left shoulder of the lower poet figure, and there is discoloration present along the right foot region. There is evidence of light dust accretions and very minor surface cracking throughout. On the back of the left leg, there is minor surface cracking visible. There is a 1½ abrasion visible on the back of the right leg and a ½ inch abrasion visible on the left side approximately 35 inches from the base. There is evidence of wear and handling along the edges, specifically seen at the extreme bottom edge of the right foot. 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.