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Property from the Estate of Marion Stone, Chicago



Property from the Estate of Marion Stone, Chicago


b. 1936


signed and dated '81

acrylic, silkscreen and glitter on paper laid down on canvas

Canvas: 60¼ by 84½ in. (153 by 214.6 cm.)

Framed: 61¾ by 85½ in. (156.8 by 217.1 cm.)

This work is in very good condition overall. The sheet is mounted on canvas. The irregular pigment application is consistent with the artist's working method and chosen media. There is evidence of minor wear and handling to the corners and turning edges resulting in a few, very minor losses along the perimeter. There is evidence of light surface soiling and pale time staining to the sheet particularly along the perimeter. Under close inspection, there are a few, scattered surface accretions, likely from the time of execution and a few, very minor surface abrasions particularly at the top right vertical edge. Under Ultraviolet light, there is no evidence of restoration. Framed without glazing.

The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the condition report is a statement of opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's. For that reason, Sotheby's condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot.

M. Knoedler & Co., New York

Private Collection

Christie's, New York, 6 May 1992, Lot 386

Acquired from the above sale by the present owner

The templates start with an image value and an aesthetic existence of their own, whether or not you recognize them – as I do – as tools, I wanted to transform that, to raise the level of it from design into art, and to make it physical; in effect, to give the templates a real presence, a pictorial presence… Abstraction has to be made ‘real’ in Picasso’s pictorial sense of the word... abstraction has, in some curious sense, not to be abstract.”

-Frank Stella