Estate of the artist Peppy Arapakis, Athens (a gift from the artist's wife on 27 November 1933. Peppy Arapakis was the widow of Ioannis Arapakis, a Doctor and Mayor of Kallithea); thence by descent to the present owner
The board is flat and even. This work is overall in good original condition and is ready to hang. Ultraviolet light reveals a couple of tiny pinhead-sized spots of retouching in the right of the sky, and no other visible retouching. There are a couple of diagonal harline incisions left of centre in the foreground (visible in the catalogue illustration), which could be the artist's original, a very light scratch in the middle-distance in the right, and a tiny dent in the board in the sky above the hill. There is some light surface dirt, and the work's appearance could be enhanced with a surface clean if desired.
Held in a black-painted frame, with gold-painted corner ornaments and a gold-painted inner accent.
The colours are somewhat less saturated than in the catalogue illustration, which is otherwise accurate. "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."