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Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant

At Rest

Property from a Distinguished American Collection (Lots 1-21)

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Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant

Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant

At Rest

At Rest

Property from a Distinguished American Collection (Lots 1-21)

Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant

French

1845 - 1902

At Rest


signed Benj. Constant lower left

oil on canvas

Unframed: 79.5 by 47.5cm., 31¼ by 18¾in.

Framed: 115 by 83.5cm., 45¼ by 33in.

The canvas has been lined and is providing a strong and stable support to the paint surface. There is a pattern of craquelure visible and some minor surface dirt, otherwise the work is ready to hang. Examination under ultra-violet light reveals retouching to the upper and lower framing edges, a small area of retouching above the figure's head, some flecks to the sky and in a few places elsewhere, as well as infilling to some of the aforementioned craquelure. There is also a spot of retouching to his hand on the left.


"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.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

Sale: Christie's, London, 14 June 1996, lot 79
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner