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Property from an International Collector
number 9 from 12 Ours Blancs executed in pierre de Lens between 1925-1931
pierre de Lens
9⅞ x 18¼ x 4½ in. (25.1 x 46.3 x 11.4 cm)
Overall in very good condition. One of very few lifetime examples realized in pierre de Lens, the present example of Pompon’s iconic Ours Blanc, arguably his most celebrated form, is in very well-preserved condition overall. The stone surfaces have recently been sensitively cleaned by a professional conservator. The proper right edge of the nose tip has recently been filled and restored in a manner that is consistent with the original surface; the restoration, covering an area measuring approximately ⅛ in. wide, is not visible unless inspected under UV light. The back and head of the bear presents with extremely light and slightly more pronounced soiling consistent with age and touch over time. The proper left eye with some extremely light verdirgirs spilling, not visually distracting. The stone surfaces present with very light surface scratches throughout and extremely minor irregularities inherent to the material. The edges of the feet with occasional minute abrasions: most notably, two on the rear foot; and one on the second foot from the right, none visually distracting. The upper lip and the rear area of the back of the bear each with a very small abrasion to the stone. A superb sculpture by Pompon.
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.