OK Harris Works of Art, New York Acquired from the above by the present owner circa 1980
New York, OK Harris Works of Art, Davis Cone, October - November 1979 Athens, Georgia Museum of Art; Chattanooga, Hunter Museum of Art, Davis Cone: Theater Paintings 1977-83, October 1983 - February 1984
"The paintings of Davis Cone offer an irresistible combination of technique, emotion, artistic mastery, and history. He has been called one of the great virtuosos of twentieth-century Realist art. Over the past twenty-five years Cone has carved out a signatory vision, painting again and again the small Art Deco movie houses that populate all of America, from its largest cities to its remove rural enclaves. His obsession with this singular subject matter paradoxically evokes the pathos, allure, and romance of America’s love affair with the movies, seen through the selective eye of an implacable observer. His chronicle of the faded spirit of 1930s America superimposes itself on the jarring canvas of today’s world." Michael D. Kinerk and Dennis W. Wilhelm, Popcorn Palaces: The Art Deco Paintings of Davis Cone, New York 2001
This work is in excellent condition overall. The canvas is unlined. Under close inspection, there is a pinpoint accretion at the bottom left and a very faint surface abrasion in the lower center. Under Ultraviolet light inspection, there are a couple of very minor, faint surface accretions and light scratches not visible under regular light. Framed. 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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.