Private collection, Chiswick, United Kingdom, until 2010
Raymond de Meester was born in 1904 and worked principally as an animalier sculptor. He exhibited in Brussels, France, Italy and the USA, winning various commendations, including the first prize for sculpture at Chapman, USA in 1969 and the European Sculpture des Arts in 1972.
Overall the condition of the terracotta is good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is a slip to the surface which may conceal some condition points. A thick layer of paint to the proper right shoulder has partially flaked. There is a small area of dark red varnish to the proper right cheek, and another to the back. There is particular dirt to the monkey's brow. There are a few small chips, including to the proper left ear and to the bottom edge. "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."