Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 5 July 2012, lot 166 (as Nicola Casissa).
We are grateful to Dr. Alberto Crispo for proposing the attribution to Cusati. A larger variant of this composition (188.5 x 274 cm.) with minor differences, was sold London, Sotheby's, 6 July 2000, lot 199, as one of a pair (as Nicola Casissa).
The painting has been relined, the paint surface is clean, and the varnish is clear and even. There is some evidence of wear in the darker areas, but the brighter colours are very well-preserved. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals scattered spot retouching in the lower left corner and in some of the fruit, lower centre, and spilling from the bowl, lower right. There is also minor strengthening in the dark areas around some of the flowers, centre. In overall good 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."