The authenticity of this work has kindly been confirmed by the Comité Chagall.
Estate of the artist Paul Lombard, Paris Sale: Artcurial, Paris, October 10, 2017, lot 66 Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
Chagall’s move to Vence in 1949 saw a corresponding diversity in his choice of medium. Prompted perhaps by Matisse and Picasso whom he saw more frequently, Chagall tried his hand at stained glass, ceramics, engraving and sculpture. He is known to have used stone from the local southern quarries at Rognes and Gard as well as marble from Carrara. These unique sculptures are exceptionally rare and Amoureux au repos is one of a very limited number to have appeared on the market. A small group of marble pieces were included in the 2017 exhibition Chagall sculptures at the Marc Chagall National Museum in Nice.
The work is in overall very good condition. Carved marble relief affixed ta a marble base. There is some discoloration to the fixative. Some minor dirt on the surface and some discoloration to the female figure. There are some scratches to the back of the marble relief. There are a couple of minor nicks to the corners of the marble base and to the extreme edge of the marble relief. 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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.