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Petr Petrovich Konchalovsky

Still Life with Teapot and Tray

Estimate:

280,000 to - 350,000 GBP

Property from a Private Collection, France

Petr Petrovich Konchalovsky

Petr Petrovich Konchalovsky

Still Life with Teapot and Tray

Still Life with Teapot and Tray

Estimate:

280,000 to - 350,000 GBP

Lot sold:

1,043,500

GBP

Property from a Private Collection, France

Petr Petrovich Konchalovsky

1876 - 1956

Still Life with Teapot and Tray


indistinctly signed in Cyrillic on the reverse

oil on canvas

Canvas: 70.5 by 85cm, 27¾ by 33½in.

Framed: 74.5 by 89.5cm, 29¼ by 35¼in.


Executed in 1910-1912


The work is accompanied by a certificate from the Petr Konchalovsky Foundation dated 2018.

The following condition report is provided by Hamish Dewar who is an external specialist and not an employee of Sotheby's:


Structural Condition

The canvas is unlined and is securely attached to a four member, keyed wooden stretcher. There are a number of undulations and deformations. Slight staining from varnish applied to the paint surface is visible on the reverse. There are also traces of the artist's paint. The work is securely held within a simple floating framing arrangement.


Paint Surface

The paint surface has a relatively even varnish layer. There are scattered networks of craquelure which are raised and fragile in places throughout the composition. The most significant areas of fragility which also feature small associated paint losses are situated within the white painted plate in the right side of the composition and the teapot in the lower left. There are a few further small scattered paint losses. Inspection under ultraviolet light shows a discoloured and degraded varnish layer which prevents the ultraviolet light from fully penetrating, making the identification of restoration work difficult. Inspection under ultraviolet light also shows scattered retouchings, including: 1) intermittent retouchings on and close to the extreme edges of the composition, 2) retouchings which have a greenish fluorescence within the background in the upper right quadrant, 3) retouchings within and around the fruit bowl in the lower right quadrant, and 4) several retouchings around the edges of the tray. There are numerous retouchings which do not fluoresce under ultraviolet light but are clearly visible in natural light, including within the decorative element of the tray and within the teapot. There may be further retouchings which are obscured by the discoloured varnish layers.


Summary

The painting would therefore appear to be in fair condition.


"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.

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Acquired by the grandfather of the present owner in Russia in 1917