ANNE VALLAYER-COSTER | A STILL LIFE OF ROSES AND OTHER FLOWERS IN A BLUE VASE WITH A BOOK
Paris 1744 - 1818
A STILL LIFE OF ROSES AND OTHER FLOWERS IN A BLUE VASE WITH A BOOK
signed and dated lower right: Melle Vallayer/1775
oil on copper, an oval
19 by 15½ in.; 48.5 by 39.5 cm.
The following condition report has been provided by Karen Thomas of Thomas Art Conservation LLC., 336 West 37th Street, Suite 830, New York, NY 10018, 212-564-4024, firstname.lastname@example.org, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.
This painting is in excellent condition
overall with a fairly recent
restoration. The copper panel is attached to a wood
strainer for ease of handling and to
provide extra stability. The support is
planar and free of structural defects.
On the reverse of the copper panel, a
few small areas of cracking appear
The virtually pristine paint layers are
beautifully preserved, and free of
abrasion or wear. The colors remain
fresh and vibrant, and the paint layer
is secure. A minor amount of retouching
is found on the painting, clearly
visible under ultraviolet illumination.
The precise retouches address a cluster
of minute drying cracks in the
background, right of the vase; a small
loss in the upper right rose; and a
short, repaired scratch in the leaves to
the left of the vase. Rubbing around the
perimeter of the painting from the frame
rebate has been retouched and is mostly
hidden by the frame. Just above the foot
of the vase, age-related increased
transparency of the paint, a normal
aging phenomenon, has been addressed
with a thin application of restoration
glazing. One tiny newer loss along the
edge, near the bottom, left of center,
is hidden by the frame.
The varnish is clear and evenly glossy,
with a slightly textured surface
consistent with a spray application.
The frame appears to be in sound
condition overall with a normal degree
of wear. A handful of losses to the
gilding reveal the white gesso.
This painting may be enjoyed in its
current state with the expectation that
the present restoration and varnish
will last for many years to come.
"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."
Anonymous sale, Paris, Galerie Charpentier, 15 December 1959, lot 31;
Paris art market, 1960;
With Newhouse Galleries, New York;
From whom acquired circa 1990.
M. Roland Michel, Anne Vallayer Coster, Paris 1970, cat. no. 64, p. 123, reproduced p. 133;
E. Kahng and M. Roland Michel, Anne Vallayer-Coster: Painter to the Court of Marie-Antoinette, Dallas 2002, cat. no. 35, p. 202, reproduced.