In the family of the present owners for more than forty years.
Attracted very young by marine painting, Mayer travelled around the world which gave him a great experience of the sea. He painted several battles of the French Navy. Five of his works are kept at the Musée de la Marine in Paris.
On its original canvas.
A pattern of thin craquelures, not very visible.
Under the UV light :
Very uneven and dirty varnish.
Some small retouches scattered on the surface.
There is a patch on the reverse, which was put by the restorer, on the upper left in the clouds, to address a tear in the shape of a "T", measuring about 9 cm horizontally and about 2 cm vertically.
In a wooden frame. "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."