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BEN ENWONWU | THE COURT OF THE OBA OF BENIN

Estimate:

100,000 to - 150,000 GBP

BEN ENWONWU | THE COURT OF THE OBA OF BENIN

BEN ENWONWU | THE COURT OF THE OBA OF BENIN

Estimate:

100,000 to - 150,000 GBP

BEN ENWONWU

Nigerian

1917-1994

THE COURT OF THE OBA OF BENIN


signed (lower right)

oil on canvas

91 by 121cm., 35¾ by 47½in.


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Structure: Canvas appears original and stable.


Surface: The work exhibits a fairly heavy impasto. There are networks of craquelure in places, for example, to the forehead of the frontmost left-hand red figure, parts of the sky and to the head of the first man in the right-hand line of figures. These networks appear stable. There is some flaking to the paint visible in the lower right hand corner, with possible other examples elsewhere. The work exhibits a layer of light dust across the surface in places and would benefit from a light cleaning.


UV Light: Inspection under UV light reveals some uneven fluorescence but no sign of restoration or repair.


Overall: The work appears to be in very good original condition.


Please note this work is framed.


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Acquired directly from the artist

Thence by descent