LA CORRESPONDANCE FAMILIALE
signed on the stool lower left: Mle gérard
oil on canvas
25 1/2 by 21 1/4 in.; 64.8 by 54 cm
The following condition report has been provided by Alain Goldrach of Goldrach Restorations LLC., 122 East 92nd Street, New York, NY 10128, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.
As they are no tears or losses in the painting one must assume that the canvas was relined with glue to reduce the typical crackelure of French paintings of the period. The painting bears a very even varnish, somewhat dull, that visually reduces the reading of the vertical crack and suits the picture by quieting the darks.
Under ultraviolet one can notice a very uneven cleaning where most of the old varnish was left behind. Below the layer of resin it is also obvious that the paint layer is in perfect condition. Very few retouches fluoresce, the major ones being in the back of the armchair below the sitter's bag and a reinforcement where the floor meets the wall at right. Otherwise the painting is in wonderful state of preservation.
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.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.