The composition 'Lady with a Mask', also known as 'Lady Removing Her Mask', was commissioned by Sergey Diagilev from the Imperial Porcelain Manufactory for the 1906 Paris exhibition of Russian art. For comparison, please see T.N. Nosovich and I.P. Popova, State Porcelain Manufactory 1904-1944, St.Petersburg, Orchestra, 2005, pp. 152-153.
There is a very minor manufacturing crack to the right of the foot. Otherwise a very rare piece and very good overall condition. "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."