Sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, May 20th, 1980, lot 125
This watercolor is traditionnally considered as a portrait of the comte d'Orsay. Painter, sculptor and famous dandy, the comte d'Orsay created perfumes and is at the origin of the maison de parfums d'Orsay. Constantin Guys most probably met him in London.
Laid down on paper.
- The work is slightly faded ;
- Upper right corner is missing a bit ;
- Minor tears on the upper right and upper left borders ;
- Minor chips are missing ;
- Traces of restoration on the horse's leg, maybe an old tear which was restored ;
- Waves slightly ;
A few dirt spots are scattered on the surface.
Good overall 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."