Fanny Guillon-Laffaille has kindly confirmed the authenticity of this work which will be included in her forthcoming supplement to the catalogue raisonné of Watercolors, Gouaches and Pastels currently in preparation.
Executed on cream laid paper, not laid down, taped to the overmount at the all four corners and at the centre of the upper edge. There are some adhesive remnants to the lower edge. The extremes edges are deckled. There is a small paper loss with associated small tear (approx. 2cm long) to the upper left corner. There is a small tear (approx. 1.5 cm) to the centre of the left edge and a small tear (approx. 1cm long) to the centre of the right edge. There are a few additional tiny tears along the left edge. The sheet is light-stained. There are a few scattered tiny dots of black pigment possibly original. There are some dots of foxing in places, predominately along the extreme edges. This work is in 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."