The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Michel Kellermann.
Galerie Simon, Paris (by 1939) Achim Moeller Fine Art, New York Sale: Sotheby's, New York, 28th September 1994, lot 66 Sale: Millon & Cornette de Saint-Cyr, 23th November 2009, lot 93 Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
The present work is a study for the painting Nature morte. Tête de mort (1912) in Hermitage Museum, St Pétersbourg.
Executed on cream laid paper, not laid down, hinged to the mount in two points along the upper edge. The left, lower and right edges are deckled. There are five restorations in the upper part of the sheet, the longest two of which are a diagonal line (approx. 15 cm long) running from the upper part of the left edge and a Y shaped tear (approx 15 cm long) accross the upper right corner. There are faint scattered spots of foxing predominately to the lower part fo the sheet. The sheet is slightly time stained and there are a few tiny nicks in places to the extreme edges. This work is overall fairly 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."