Knoedler & Co., New York Private Collection, Los Angeles (acquired from the above in 2006) Acquired from the above by the present owner
Los Angeles, Hammer Museum, Lee Bontecou: A Retrospective, October 2003 - January 2004, pl. 145, pp. 144 and 231, illustrated in color
"Since my early years until now, the natural world and its visual wonders and horrors – man-made devices and their mind-boggling engineering feats and destructive abominations, elusive human nature and its multiple ramifications from the sublime to unbelievable abhorrences – to me are all one. It is in the spirit of this feeling that the primary influences of my work have occurred." Lee Bontecou
This work is in very good and sound condition overall. Some areas of the porcelain have cracked, consistent with age and the artist's working method and chosen medium. Under extreme raking light, areas of shiny translucent accretions are visible, some of which may also be inherent to the artist’s working method. Under very close inspection, a break in the wire is visible in the second outer circular ring at 9 o’clock as well as some resin build-up in the third circular ring from the center at 6 o’clock. There are a few scattered spots of discoloration on the reverse of the center element, the reverse of the outermost circular ring and on the front of the center element. 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.