Property from the Collection of the Late Robert Heller
JOSEF HERMAN, R.A.
LANDSCAPE NEAR HUNDON
signed, titled and inscribed on the reverse
oil on canvas
46 by 61cm.; 18 by 24in.
Executed circa 1956-7.
The canvas appears original. There is reticulation to the purple pigment on the roof of the central house. There are very fine lines of reticulation and craquelure at and towards the upper left quadrant, only visible upon close inspection. There is light surface dirt to the work and instances of studio matter and detritus in a few places. There is a layer of varnish. This excepting, the work appears in very good overall condition.
Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals two small spots of fluorescence and probable retouching, which have been sensitively executed.
The work is floated in a gilt painted wooden frame.
Please telephone the department on +44 (0) 207 293 6424 if you have any questions regarding the present work.
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. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE.
Sale, Phillips London, 7th March 1995, lot 131
Flowers East, London
Robert Heller, Josef Herman: The Work is the Life, Momentum, London, 1998, illustrated p.54.