The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Jean Binder and Joël Kermarrec.
Private Collection, France Sale: Sotheby's, London, 24th March 1998, lot 367 Purchased at the above sale by the present owner
This work was executed as part of a commission for the cruise ship Paquebot Laos by the Messageries Maritimes who requested a large decoration for the first class dining room. A series of panels were executed and later installed.
The canvas is not lined. Examination under UV light reveals minor spots of intermittent retouching along the extreme edges and one isolated minor spot of retouching to the stone head in the lower left corner. There is scattered fluorescence probably attributable to the artist's materials and techniques. There is a thin surface abrasion with some associated paint loss to the upper right quadrant. This work is in good condition and might benefit from a clean. "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."