Property of a Private California Collection
CHARTRES CATHEDRAL, BUTTRESSES FROM SOUTH PORCH
large-format, framed, 1929; accompanied by a 'Geo. F. Of, Inc., Picture Framer' label with 'Sheeler' in pencil (American Modernist, p. 175, tighter cropping) (2)
16½ by 12⅜ in. (41.9 by 31.4 cm.)
This warm-toned photograph, on double-weight paper with a nearly matte surface, is in generally excellent condition. It is trimmed to the image, slightly unevenly-so along the upper left and lower right edges. There is a gentle ripple to the sheet overall. When examined closely in raking light, the following are visible: very faint silvering at the extreme edges in the dark areas; and a tiny crease in the lower left quadrant that does not appear to break the emulsion. There is a bump to the lower left edge.
When examined under ultraviolet light, this print does not appear to fluoresce.
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.
At the time of this writing, the present photograph is the largest print by Sheeler to appear at auction. A few prints in this large format exist in the Lane Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the great repository of Sheeler’s work. Most of these extant large-format prints are also from the Chartres Cathedral series.