The Belgian artist Hendrik Leys is known to have painted two other scenes of synagogues: The Women’s Balcony in the Prague Synagogue, 1855, and The Entrance to the Prague Synagogue, 1852, now in the collection of the Musée des Beaux Arts, Brussels.
Oil on canvas, unframed. The picture is lined. Minor frame abrasion at the extreme edges. A stable web of craquelure over the picture surface. Some surface dirt, but the picture surface is in overall good condition. Under UV light, there are some minor scattered retouchings evident in the column at right and some additional scattered very minor retouches. The work is covered by a thick varnish that obscures much of the surface. 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.