Hans Kühn, Vienna (according to a stamp on the reverse) Sale: Christie's, Amsterdam, October 31, 1989, lot 418, illustrated (as Look at the Snapshot) Sale: Sotheby's, New York, January 31, 2014, lot 629, illustrated Acquired at the above sale
This work is in original unlined condition. The surface is in good condition overall, aside from minor surface dirt; stable, finely patterned craquelure, most visibly in the yellow of the screen; and some minor frame abrasion along the upper and right extreme edges. Under UV: varnish fluoresces green unevenly. There is a horizontal line of inpainting visible at upper center near the edge and a vertical line of inpainting along the right edge extending from the top of the vase to the table leg. There are a few additional small retouches in the upper right corner, on the cabinet and to the right of the book. 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.