Tran Van Tho was a student of the Hanoi Fine Arts School. However, his studies were interrupted when the school closed in 1945 due to the war. He fled to South Vietnam to start his artistic career. Though the artist is known for silk paintings, the present lot represents one of his rare lacquer works. He took part in many exhibitions in France and South Vietnam.
The work is in good condition overall. Upon very close observation, there is evidence of small scratch marks on the middle of the top border. No restoration is found under ultraviolet light examination. Framed. "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."