The authenticity of this work has kindly been confirmed by the Comité Masson.
Galerie Simon (Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler), Paris (acquired directly from the artist) Alfred Richet, Paris Private Collection, France (by descent from the above and sold: Sotheby's, London, June 22, 2004, lot 295) Acquired at the above sale
The canvas is not lined. There is some horizontal craquelure scattered throughout the composition, most notably to the green and white pigments. There are artist's pinholes in the upper corners. When examined under UV light: there are a few spots of retouching addressing frame rubbing along the periphery of the canvas and a nailhead-sized spot of retouching in the lower right quadrant. This work is in 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. 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.