Acquired directly from Maria Serova, the artist's daughter, by the present owner in 1992
The SEV (or Comecon) Building was constructed between 1963 and 1970 by the Moscow River across from the Hotel Ukraina.
The work is sold together with a view of the Moscow Zoo, oil on cardboard, by Kuzma Nikolaev (1890-1972) dating from 1956. It shows the recently completed Kudrinskaya Square Building, one of Stalin's Seven Sisters.
Construction of the SEV Building:
The support is slightly bowed and there are losses to the edges and corners. There are frame abrasions along the edges as well as remnants of gold paint from a frame.There are fine cracks in places. There is a layer of surface dirt as well a few spots of dirt in places. Held in a painted wooden frame behind glass. Unexamined out of frame.
There are losses to the corners of the cardboard support. Pinholes are visible in the corners. There are some flecks of dirt in places. Held in painted wooden frame with canvas slip behind glass. Unexamined out of frame. "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."