Private Collection, United Kingdom Phillips, New York, 18 May 2000, Lot 12 Private Collection Sotheby's, London, 27 June 2001, Lot 10 Acquired from the above by the present owner
“I love books. I love the smell and feel of books. I don’t believe books are going to disappear and I don’t like the idea of gleaning all your information from the superhighways, sitting in a café and reading your newspaper on a screen.” Rachel Whiteread cited in: Ann Gallagher, Ed., Rachel Whiteread, La Biennale Di Venezie, British Pavilion, London 1997, p. 34.
The colour in the catalogue illustration is fairly accurate, although the overall tonality is much lighter and brighter in the original.
This work is in very good and original condition. All surface irregularities and chips are in keeping with the artist's casting process and choice of materials. Close inspection reveals some light handling marks and some tiny media accretions in isolated places. "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."