Bruno Foucart, et al., Normandie Queen of the Seas, New York, 1985, p. 72 Louis-René Vian, Arts Décoratifs À Bord des Paquebots Français 1880-1960, Paris, 1992, p. 195 (for the present lot illustrated)
Overall in very good original condition. When viewed in person, the verre eglomise panel radiates with a golden and rich reflective qualities, the gilding with an additional texture and depth not conveyed in the catalogue illustration. The glass surfaces with very minor faint isolated scratches visible on close inspection. The proper top left and right corners with minor losses measuring approximately 1/2 and 1 in. respectively, partially visible in the catalogue illustration. The bottom proper left and right corners with minor shallow chips measuring approximately 1/2 and 1 in. respectively. The bottom edge near the proper left with a minor flake loss to the glass and silvered surface approximately 3/8 x 1in. visible in the catalogue illustration. The right proper edge and lower proper right corner with spotting and scattered minor losses to the silvered surface. Overall in our opinion these issues do not adversely affect the overall attractive appearance of the panel and are commonly found in works from this commission.. A sublime example of Dupas artistry from this important nautical commission that presents very well as a stand-alone work. 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.