Hokin Gallery, Chicago Acquired from the above by the present owner
Edward Sullivan, Botero Sculpture, New York 1986, p. 123, illustrated in color
"The animal sculptures of Fernando Botero express quite a different spirit...Botero's horses, dogs, cats, birds, and snakes are part of his own highly inventive world of fantasy and play. They embody the same principles as his sculptures of the human form, investigating the potentials of roundness, pliability, and texture."
Edward Sullivan, Botero Sculpture, New York 1986, p. 127
The sculpture is in good condition. It displays a mottled patina that is consistent with the artist's early works, which exhibits gentle wear. Scratches were noted on the back and the proper right haunch of the dog as well as a 6" scratch running down its back. Fine hairline scratches were noted throughout the surface. Several very small areas of patina loss can be seen on the proper right front leg. The nose appears rubbed with small areas of patina loss. Surface irregularities that include faint tooling marks and porosity are inherent to the cast. Extra holes are evident adjacent to the four whiskers intended by the artist. The sculpture is structurally sound. (This condition report has been prepared courtesy of Wilson Conservation, LLC) 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.