The authenticity of this work has been confirmed the Galerie Maurice Garnier.
Galerie Maurice Garnier, Paris Private Collection, Italy (acquired from the above in 1974) Thence by descent to the present owner
‘Suddenly everything returned to order and beauty in his series of harbour views...they demonstrate clarity and precision à la Canaletto and a remarkable compositional construction, testifying to an undeniable pleasure in painting… the execution of the rusty-brown boats exemplifies great mastery of drawing and colour. The painter is in full possession of his art and delights in demonstrating his virtuosity’.
- John Sillevis, Bernard Buffet 1928-1999, 2008, Plomelin, pp. 45-46
The canvas is not lined. Examination under UV light reveals a thick layer of varnish preventing the light from fully penetrating, however there are no apparent signs of retouching to the work. There are minor frame abrasions to the extreme edges of the work, not visible when framed. This work is in good condition. "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."