Mr Stökel (label on verso) Private collection, Germany (sale: Sotheby's, London, 28 April 1999, lot 137) Private collection, United Kingdom (purchased at the above sale; sale: Sotheby's, Olympia, 25 September 2001, lot 88) Purchased at the above sale by the present owner
The canvas has not been lined. There is some fine scattered craquelure which appears to be stable, notably in the sky, and two faint stretcher marks to the centre of the composition. The canvas is also slightly undulated to the upper left corner. Ultra-violet light reveals no sign of retouching.
Presented in a decorative gilt frame with a white inner slip and a nameplate. "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."