It is 1865. You are on the threshold of a small room somewhere with floral wallpaper. You’ve opened the door and scared the cat. The maid doesn’t acknowledge you, but she does. She looks you over, sizes you up, demands payment.
This work is in very good condition overall. The neon frame elements are in sound working order. The surface texture irregularities, particularly the folds and creases, are consistent with the artist's working method and choice of medium. There is evidence of light wear and handling to the neon tubes, particularly at the far corners. Under close inspection there are a few white areas on the neon tubes where the bulbs were joined together likely from the time of execution. This work is suited for a US outlet. 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.