VASILY NIKOLAEVICH YAKOVLEV
Meat Market in Moscow
signed in Latin and indistinctly inscribed l.r.
oil on wood
102 by 101.5cm, 40¼ by 40in.
The wooden support is slightly bowed and is delaminating in places, most notably along the top edge. The top layer of the support has split in places and horizontal cracks are visible across the surface. There is craquelure throughout and paint shrinkage to the dark pigment. Scattered flecks of paint loss are visible on the lady's coat as well as elsewhere. There is a layer of surface dirt. Inspection under UV light reveals sweeping retouching to the aforementioned areas of paint shrinkage such as the figure on the left, the face, hat and boots of the second figure from the left, the women in the background, the hat of the butcher and the fur collar of the woman on the right, the basket of fish in the lower left corner, the dark areas of the background, as well as some scattered retouching elsewhere. Unframed.
"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."
In the same family for over eighty years