IVAN PAVLOVICH POKHITONOV
THE NEW HOUSE AT ZHABOVSHCHIZNA, NEAR MINSK
signed in Latin l.r.
oil on panel
16 by 32cm, 6¼ by 12½in.
Executed in 1904
The present lot has been inspected first-hand by Olivier Bertrand and will be included in the second volume of the catalogue raisonné
The painting which appears to have been cut into sections in the past is securely laid down onto a secondary board support. There is a slightly raised vertical join running through the centre left of the composition and there is a large rectangular insert in the upper right which would appear to have been added to square the work up when the composition was reinstated and laid down onto the secondary support. The work appears structural stable.
The paint surface has an even varnish layer.
The paint surface appears entirely stable.
Inspection under ultraviolet light shows a rectangular area of retouching in the upper right which corresponds to the board insert mentioned above and a fine line of retouching corresponding to the join running vertically through the centre left of the composition.
The painting would therefore appear to be in good and stable condition and the rectangular insert and the associated retouching should be noted.
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Collection of Eugénie von Wulfert and Boris Wulfert Pokhitonov, Belgium
Boris Wulfert Pokhitonov, France
Collection of Nikolaus von Wulfert, Germany
Thence by descent
Christie's London, Important Russian Pictures, 28 November 2007, lot 308