Ladislas Segy, New York (acquired directly from the artist) Helena Segy (by descent) Sale: Sotheby's, New York, 5th November 2014, lot 191 Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
Ladislas Segy was an African art dealer and avid collector who amassed a unique collection over a period of more than sixty years, including over 40,000 photographs of African art objects that now reside in the National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C.
Executed on cream laid paper, not laid down, hinged at two points along the upper edge. The sheet has been reinforced on the reverse with strips of thin restorer's paper at intermittent points along the extreme edges. There is an eligible inscription in pencil in the upper left corner (not visible when framed) and a few media marks to the margins of the sheet. There are a few pinholes along the extreme edges and a few minor surface scratches in places. There is some minor paint shrinkage predominately to the black pigment and a few minor scattered paint losses. Apart from some minor light staining to the sheet, this work is in good original 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."