The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Dominique Bermann Martin.
Private Collection, Norway (acquired in Paris in 1910) Thence by descent to the present owner
A native of Bordeaux, André Lhote depicted its bustling port throughout his artistic career. The present work is an early Fauve example rendered in scintillating colours. In 1955 Lhote would go back to this theme depicting a 7-metre long mural titled La Gloire de Bordeaux painted for the Faculty of Medicine in Bordeaux.
The canvas is not lined. There are artist's pinholes in each of the corners and another to the left part of the upper edge. Examination under UV light reveals some small spots and fine lines of retouching along the upper edge and some further lines of retouching in the lower right corner. There are a few tiny flecks of retouching to the left part of the lower edge. The canvas is gently undulating and there are fine lines of stable craquelure to the water in the foreground. There are a few small spots of surface paint loss to the lower edge and to the boat in the lower left corner. This work is in overall 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."