Sotheby's, London, 30 March 1994, lot 114; Fiona Barclay Fine Art, London
Several of Grimshaw's earliest pictures were still-lifes, painted with minute attention to detail. As has been observed; 'These are very carefully observed paintings in the manner of William Henry Hunt and gave Grimshaw experience in showing different textures and surfaces.' (Jane Sellars, Atkinson Grimshaw - Painter of Moonlight, 2011, p.3)
The board is flat and providing a stable support. The paint surface is clean, with no visible condition issues and the picture is ready to hang.
UNDER ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT
There are a few minor retouchings in the lower left corner and along the edges of the picture. There are further very minor flecked retouchings on the fruit all of which have been well executed and are not excessive.
The picture is contained in a simple gilt frame. "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."