Fanny Guillon-Lafaille, Raoul Dufy, Catalogue raisonné des aquarelles, gouaches et pastels, vol. I, Paris, 1981, no. 380, illustrated p. 136
This work was owned by Marie Cuttoli, who was a collector and patron of modern French art. She collaborated with artists, dealers and museum directors throughout the length of her illustrious career, which spanned roughly from 1920 to 1965. At the age of sixteen, Cuttoli moved to Paris where she was subject to the latest trends in modern artistic production and her marriage with collector Paul Cuttoli, who was a close friend of dealer Paul Guillaum, enabled her to fund and support her collection.
Executed on cream wove paper, not laid down and hinged to the mount at two places along the upper edge. The sheet is time-stained and some of the original pigments have slightly faded. There is a repaired tear to the right part of the lower edge (measuring approx 1cm.) and a further tear (measuring 1cm.) adjacent. There is some light surface abrasion to the paper at the centre of the right edge.There are spots of foxing in places, notably towards the centre of the lower edge. There is an area of discolouration (measuring approx. 2cm.) to the lower right corner, and and some further discoloration to the extreme upper and left edges. Overall 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."