Property from a Private Collection, Ireland
1904 - 1989
signed Dalí and dated 1951 (lower centre)
watercolour, pen and ink and pencil on paper
42 by 29.2cm., 16½ by 11½in.
Framed: 78.5 by 65cm., 30⅞ by 25⅝in.
Executed in 1951.
Executed on thick cream wove paper, not laid down and attached to the mount in two places along the upper and lower edge. The right edge is deckled and the left edge is slightly unevenly cut. There is a flattened crease to the lower right corner and some further wear to the extreme edges and corners of the sheet. There are some studio stains and surface accretions in places. The sheet is slightly time stained and there is mount staining to all four edges. There is some possible slight loss to the medium in the purple cloaked figure. There are some remnants of an old adhesive visible on the reverse. This work is in overall very 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.
Sale: Sotheby’s, New York, 12th May 1999, lot 448
Russeck Gallery, Palm Beach (purchased at the above sale)
Private Collection (acquired from the above circa 1999. Sold: Christie’s, New York, 5th May 2005, lot 158)
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner