Property from the collection of Mr. Seymour Stein
1889 - 1963
DESSIN SURRÉALISTE (HOMMES-RACINES)
signed Jean Cocteau, dated 1942 and dedicated a Hubert de Saint Senoch amical souvenir d'un livre perdu (et retrouvé) (upper left)
estompe, pencil and colored pencil on paper
21½ by 16½ in.; 55 by 42 cm
Executed in 1942.
The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Annie Guédras.
Executed on cream wove paper which has been laid down to card. There is a small tear to the sheet in the lower left edge. There is some scattered staining and spots of foxing, most notable in the upper right corner. There is a folded crease in the upper left corner. The 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.
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
Hubert de Saint Senoch (a gift from the artist in 1942 and sold by the estate: Sotheby's, Monaco, December 6, 1992, lot 309)
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
The dedication on the present work is a reference to the original sketchbook for Cocteau's Le Livre Blanc, a classic of gay literature, which was a gift from the artist to Hubert de Saint Senoch in 1928. The original sketchbook was lost so Cocteau gave his friend a copy of it along with the present drawing in 1942.