Niels Otto Christensen and Christine Caroline Christensen (née Engelsen); (commissioned from the artist) Thence by descent to the present owner, grandson of the above
Holsøe painted the present work at Lille Hvidøre, Klampenbourg, where the sitter, Christine Caroline Christensen and her husband Niels Otto Christensen, had a summer residence. Niels Otto was a successful businessman, whose company specialised in the dairy trade with America.
The canvas has not been lined. There are no signs of retouching visible under ultraviolet light. Apart from a tiny spot of paint flaking in the ceiling moulding in the upper centre, and two tiny scuffs, one in the wall in the lower left quadrant and one in the lower right (just visible in the catalogue illustration), this work is overall in very good original condition, and its appearance would be enhanced with a light surface clean.
Held in a decorative gilt frame.
Colours: the varnish is more yellowed and the tonal contrast subtler than 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. 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."