Ambassador Chain Yaary, Havana (acquired directly from the artist) Private Collection, Havana (by descent from the above) Acquired from the above
"A world expressed with the baroque brush of René Portocarrero: scrolls, arabesques, fruity reminiscences, the leaves of unknown plants, birds on their heads like butterflies, lights between leaves, imaginary botany spilled on their bodices, or, on the contrary, night veils, shades, a play between grays and blues, transparencies of color, framing the green look of some enigmatic 'belle de nuit...'"
Alejo Carpentier, "Portocarrero in Venice," in The World, 1966
This work is in lovely condition. The canvas is unlined and still on its original stretcher. The very heavy paint layer is stable and seems to be completely undamaged. The painting seems to be clean. No retouches are apparent. The work should be hung as is. (This condition report has been provided courtesy of Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc.) 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.