Claire Denis has kindly confirmed the authenticity of this work.
René des Granges (purchased directly from the artist in 1915) Thence by descent to the present owner
This work is a portrait of the artist’s son Dominique, born in 1909 and one of his sisters, probably Anne-Marie, in the garden of the artist’s house Le Prieuré, which then became the Musée départemental Maurice Denis in Saint-Germain-en-Laye.
The board is stable. There are four original mounting framing nails to all four corners. There appears to be no signs of retouching under UV light. There are a few tiny fly spots in places. There are some pigment flacking at the upper right corner and a small hairline fracture to the board at the upper right corner. This work is in very good original condition. "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."