1846 - 1921
LE BILLET DOUX
signed Conrad Kiesel. and inscribed DF. (lower left)
oil on panel
14¼ by 7 in.
36.2 by 17.8 cm
Oil on stable panel. The work presents well, aside from minor surface dirt and dust. Under UV: varnish fluoresces green unevenly. A very few pin dot and fine retouches and reinforcements on the figure's jaw and chest and dress. There is broad fluorescence outlining figure's backside. In the background there are older dashes of retouching at lower left, a thin line of inpainting at the center left edge, and a very few isolated pin dots retouches. 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.
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.
Arthur Tooth & Sons, London
William Rodman & Co., Belfast
Sir William & Lady Elsie Coates, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Thence by descent from the above through the family
Private Collection, Virginia
Sale: Freeman's, Philadelphia, December 7, 2008, lot 32, illustrated