Victoria Miro Gallery, London Acquired from the above by the present owner
Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Labour and Wait, 2013, illustrated in colour on the front and back cover and pp. 58-59, illustrated in colour
"The tapestry shows many possible pilgrimage destinations, religious and secular. In the central disc are many different names for the afterlife laid out in the shape of a plan of the British Museum. The figures are from my personal iconography. The woman in black represents the contemporary world, the bear is raw emotion, the boy, innocent reason and the woman in folk costume stands for tradition." Grayson Perry Exh. Cat., London, British Museum, Grayson Perry: The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman, 2011-12, p. 121
The colours in the catalogue illustration are fairly accurate, although the yellows are more vibrant and the purple is darker in the original.
This work is in very good condition. Extremely close inspection reveals a few small pulled threads in isolated places. "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."