Active 1871 - 1893
A CLANDESTINE CALLER
signed A. Roestel. (lower right)
oil on canvas
34¾ by 27⅜ in.
88.3 by 69.5 cm
Lined. Surface dirt and dust with a few isolated dots and drips of accretion. A horizontal line of craquelure is visible running the length of the work near the upper edge. There is a 1 inch area of loss on the pot at upper center. There is abrasion visible along the lower left and right edges, the latter with associated discoloration. Under UV: varnish fluoresces green unevenly and in a streaky manner. A few of the aforementioned accretions fluoresce. There is a pin dot of inpainting underneath the table at left. There appears to be old, brushy restoration along the aforementioned line of craquelure, along the upper right edge, and a very small area on the door frame at center left. Ready to hang in its current state.
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.
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Probably, Sloan's Auctioneers, North Bethesda, Maryland, March 22, 1986, lot 2028