Lot 74
  • 74

Ferdinand Bellermann (1814-1889)

Estimate
200,000 - 300,000 USD
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Description

  • Ferdinand Bellermann
  • La Cueva del Gu├íracho, Venezuela
  • signed and dated 1880 lower left
  • oil on canvas
  • 37 1/2 by 50 in.
  • 95.2 by 127 cm

Provenance

Sale: Sotheby's, New York, Latin American Art, November 21, 1988, lot 3, illustrated in color
Private Collection, Guatemala 

Condition

The canvas was mounted on Masonite at some point, which is supported by the original stretcher. Under ultraviolet light isolated retouches can be seen. Some of the colors that read darkly under ultraviolet light do not correspond to restoration. In the center of the work there is a diagonal scratch running though the undergrowth, measuring about 2 inches, that has attracted restoration. There is another thin line of restoration in the mountains in the upper center measuring about 4 inches. There are some isolated dots of retouching in the undergrowth and the darker colors. There is a fairly large area of loss in the lower left, measuring about 4 x 3 inches, a smaller loss in the lower center and another in the lower left. Actual abrasion to the paint layer and weakness to the details has not occurred. (This condition report has been provided courtesy of Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc.)
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.