Property of a New York Private Collector
1814 - 1900
signed JULES SALLES (lower right)
oil on canvas
45⅛ by 36⅛ in.
114.6 by 91.8 cm
Original unlined condition, with bumping and pulling in the upper left corner. The surface is visibly dirty. There is a 1/8 inch vertical loss under the mother's proper right shoulder. Frame abrasion visible at lower edge and in the upper right corner. Under UV: a thick green varnish fluoresces. A few finely applied retouches are visible on the mother's hair and face and on the baby; and there a small horizontal area of inpainting on the mother's skirt at lower right. There is a large brushy area of inpainting between the yellow kerchief and the upper edge and additional sparse tiny retouches in the background. Scattered inpainting along the lower edge to address prior frame abrasion. 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.
Sale: Sotheby's, New York, October 23, 1997, lot 232, illustrated (as La jeune mère)
Acquired at the above sale
Paris, Salon des Artistes Français, 1882, no. 2389
Jules Salles (Nîmes 1814-1900): Peintures et Dessins, exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nîmes, February 26-April 10, 1983, p. 23