Property of a Lady
1835 - 1892
LES HAUTEURS DE SÈVRES
signed S. Lepine (lower right)
oil on canvas
8¾ by 13 in.
22.2 by 33 cm
We would like to thank Manuel Schmit for kindly confirming the authenticity of this lot, which will be included in the forthcoming First Supplement to the Catalogue Raisonné of the Painted Work of Stanislas Lépine (1835-1892) now in preparation.
Original unlined condition. The surface presents well. Scattered, widely patterned craquelure in the sky, with a few isolated pin dots of accretion. Frame abrasion visible along left edge. Under UV: broad fluorescence in the sky, possibly inherent to the work. A few scattered finely applied dots and dashes of retouching in the sky with inpainting to address prior frame abrasion visible at the upper left edge and left lower edge. A few pin dots of retouching near the lower right corner. 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.
Barbedienne Collection (and sold, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, February 28, 1894)
Durand-Ruel, Paris (acquired at the above sale)
Martin A. Ryerson, Chicago (acquired from the above, June 1894)
The Art Institute of Chicago (bequeathed from the above by 1933)
Floyd N. Lewis, Illinois
Simon C. Dickinson, Ltd., London (by 1999)
Robert & Manuel Schmit, Stanislas Lépine, Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre peint, Paris, 1993, p. 214, no. 536, not illustrated (with incorrect dimensions)