The Property of a Gentleman
Saint-Arnould-en-Yvelines 1751-1823 Paris
Fisherman and other figures along a shoreline, a sailboat in the distance
oil on panel
50.5 x 72.4 cm.; 19⅞ x 28½ in.
The panel is cradled, very slightly bowed and stable. There is a small repair just to the right of centre on the lower margin to a small part of the panel that became detached due to previous woodworm. The paint surface is relatively clean, and the varnish clear and even. In raking light it is possible to discern previous tenting, particularly in the sky and far building lower centre - this is now stable. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals retouching along the left and upper margins, and part of the right margin, an area of retouching in the sky above the ship 2 x 4cm., and other fine, scattered retouchings in the sky, around the figures lower right, and in the foreground. In overall fair condition. Offered in a carved and gesso gilt wood frame with minor losses.
"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."
Anonymous sale, New York, Sotheby's, 23 May 2001, lot 86, where acquired by the present owner.