Lot 202
  • 202

Sir Sidney Nolan, O.M, R.A.

Estimate
8,000 - 12,000 GBP
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Description

  • Sidney Nolan
  • the adoration of the mushroom
  • signed
  • acrylic spray paint on board
  • 87.5 by 118cm.; 34½ by 46½in.

Condition

The work is in good original condition. Under ultra-violet light, a few tiny areas of paint fluoresce but these correspond to areas of textured paint visible in natural light and are therefore considered to be consistent with the artist's technique. Held under glass in a simple rectilinear metal frame which has been marked with white paint along the upper edge. A speck of white paint can be seen on the surface of the glass in the upper left quadrant in the catalogue illustration. It is seen to cast a shadow on the board beneath. This white speck could be easily removed. There are a few spots of darker paint in the upper right quadrant which are visible in the catalogue illustration. In the flesh, these spots are not so clearly visible. The blue painted waves along the left edge do not appear in the flesh but are an inconsistency of the catalogue production. The colours are otherwise true to 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. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
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Catalogue Note

Executed in homage to Antonio's love of mushrooms whilst Nolan was in London designing the set for The Rake's Progress at the Royal Opera House. Nolan gave the present work to Antonio in exchange for food at the restaurant and although the 'meal deal' entitled him to dine for free, Nolan decided to pay for his meals if he was on business.