The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Heinz Spielmann.
Private Collection, New York Acquired from the above by the present owner
The present work depicts the German artist Alois Erbach, working in the garden of the arts patron and collector, Heinrich Kirchhoff. Kirchoff was based in Wiesbaden where, in 1908, he built a wonderfully situated villa, surrounded by a tropical garden. In 1920, the year this drawing was executed, Kirchhoff invited Conrad Felixmüller to work in Wiesbaden where he painted, amongst other works, a group portrait of the Kirchoff family, now held in the collection of the Museum Wiesbaden.
Executed on cream laid paper, not laid down and attached to the mount along the upper edge. The left edge of the sheet is unevenly cut and the lower and right edges are deckled. The sheet is time stained. There are minor brown accretions to the sheet, notably at the lower centre, a spot in the left leg and two spots to the artist's back. There are minor spots of foxing to the background. This work is in overall 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."