Property from an Historic British Collection
1810 - 1879
signed h. Daumier (upper right) and h.D. (lower right)
oil on panel
14.3 by 13.2cm., 5⅝ by 5¼in.
Framed: 26.5 by 25.4cm., 10⅜ by 10in.
Painted circa 1852-55.
The panel is sound. There is a milky varnish through which UV light cannot fully penetrate, however UV light inspection reveals some areas of retouching to the extreme right edge of the panel and a few fine lines of retouching towards the left edge of the panel. There is a line of retouching to the centre of the lower edge (approx. 2cm) and some further small spots of retouching in places corresponding to faint lines of paint shrinkage and lines inherent to the panel. There is some abrasion to the extreme edges including a minor loss to the extreme upper left corner and one to the centre of the extreme right edge. This work is in overall good 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. 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.
Guyotin, Paris (acquired by 1878)
Wildenstein and Co., New York
Florence J. Gould (sold by her estate: Sotheby's, New York, 24th April 1985, lot 20)
JPL Fine Arts, London (purchased at the above sale)
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Arsénè Alexandre, Honoré Daumier - L'Homme et l'Œuvre, Paris, 1888, p. 374
Karl Eric Maison, Honoré Daumier, Catalogue raisonné of the Paintings, Watercolours and Drawings, Paris, 1968, vol. I, no. I-63, illustrated pl. 86
Luigi Barzini & Gabriele Mandel, L’opera pittorica completa di Daumier, Milan, 1971, no. 77, illustrated p. 94