Acquired directly from the artist in Santiniketan in 1985
In this artwork Gandhi is spinning the wheel at Sabarmati Ashram, but his hands are not shown. When asked about the missing hands, Mukul Dey is known to have said ‘... Gandhi was spinning the wheel so fast to gain the freedom of India that I could not see his hands.’
There is a diagonal crease in the lower half and a 1.5 cm tear along the center right edge, both visible only upon close inspection. Scattered spots of foxing in the work. The colors are brighter in reality than they appear in the catalogue illustration. 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.