By descent from the artist to the present owner, his stepson
New York, Martin Diamond Fine Arts, James Guy: Social Surrealism and Abstraction of the Thirties and Forties, September 20-October 22, 1983
The piano keys and assembly-line components pictured in the current work are typical of a group of paintings Guy created while he was working at Pratt Read (formerly Comstock Cheney), a piano factory in the Ivoryton neighborhood of Essex, Connecticut during World War II.
In fairly good condition. Canvas is not lined. Craquelure throughout with associated flaking to the edges. Most noticeably at top and upper left edges. A few other small, scattered pigment losses (appear white). A small hole at upper left, next to the white hand, with minor associated pigment losses. Flaking the the white at top center. Surface soiling. UV: Scattered inpainting, particularly at edges and at upper corners. Also in the blue at right center. 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.