GUILLAUME SEIGNAC | LOVE'S OFFERING
1870 - 1924
signed G-SEIGNAC (lower right)
oil on canvas
canvas: 62⅜ by 41 in.; 158.4 by 104.1 cm
framed: 71½ by 50 in.; 181.6 by 127 cm
The following condition report was kindly provided by Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc.:
This work has been lined with wax as an adhesive. It seems the lining was applied primarily to consolidate the cracking that is present throughout. The cracking has attracted restorations, which can be found in a few spots in the background, in the eyes, nose, and mouth of the woman and in her right arm. There are retouches in the dress of the woman, particularly in the darker areas around her lower legs. There are other retouches in the shadowed side of the putto's face, in his shoulders and right arm, in both legs, and in the hand. The retouches in the legs have blanched and are quite visible to the naked eye. There is one area on the ankle of the woman that shows very strongly under ultraviolet light, but this is original paint.
While the lining should be reversed at some point to properly contain the cracks and create a better surface, cleaning the work and applying the retouches more accurately should be prioritized. The cracking is a noticeable element of the condition, but it would respond well to proper retouching.
Framed in an ornate gold frame and ready to hang.
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the condition report is a statement of opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's. For that reason, Sotheby's condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot.
M.A. Newhouse & Son, Inc., Saint Louis, Missouri
William A. Rudd (and sold, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, April 25, 1968, lot 232)
Sale: Sotheby's, New York, February 13, 1985, lot 76, illustrated
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner