Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris (no. 09404, ph. no. 60788) Schoneman Galleries, New York Private collection, Paris
Christian Zervos, Pablo Picasso, Œuvres de 1959 à 1961, Paris, 1968, vol. 19, no. 281, illustrated p. 88
“Like a bullfighter aiming his banderillas, Picasso goes straight to the core. Immediately. Again, reference can be made to a challenge to light, which, tangled up in the contours, lets itself be caught in the myriad traps of the Form. Picasso, facing the bull, does not allow himself the slightest hesitation […]. This assuredness makes his every stroke an inimitable signature.” Jean-Clarence Lambert
The cardboard is stable, undulating gently and hinged to the overmount along the upper edge with tape. The upper right corner is scuffed. There are a few creases in places, most predominately along the extreme edges and at all four corners. There is a small area of slight discoloration below the equestrian figure's back (as visible in the catalogue illustration). The cardboard is light stained with associated dots of foxing. 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."