This work is recorded in the archives of “l’Association Les amis de Louis Valtat.”
Private Collection, Europe (sale: Sotheby's, London, 2nd December 1982, lot 416) Private Collection, London (purchased at the above sale)
‘One cannot escape from Valtat’s warm and nurturing seductions, from the eloquence of his sinuous lines and the radiance of his vibrant colours that transform nature into a perpetually dazzling and sonorous celebration.’ (Translated from George Besson, ‘Préface’ in Valtat et ses Amis, Albert André, Charles Camoin, Henri Manguin, Jean Puy (exhibition catalogue), Musée de Beaux-Arts, Besançon, 1964, p. 7
The canvas is lined. Examination under UV light reveals some strokes of retouching to the upper part of the right edge as well as to the left part of the upper edge, which are not visible when framed. There is a spot of retouching to the background in the lower right quadrant as well as some spots of retouching to the flower towards the centre of the left edge. There are some small spots of paint loss and further spots of retouching to the centre of the bouquet. There is a repaired tear to the right of the vase (approx. measuring 3cm). The canvas is slightly undulating in all four corners. There are fine lines of stable craquelure in places, predominantly to the thick impasto of the flowers. This work is in overall good condition and might benefit from a clean. "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."