The Semadeni Family, Kiev Thence by descent to the present owner
Bernardo Semadeni was a Swiss emigrant from the Canton of Graubünden who founded a successful confectionary business in Kiev in the 1870s, which comprised several shops as well as a chocolate factory. Cafe Semadeni on Khreshchatik, located opposite the City Duma and the Exchange, was particularly popular among the new merchant elite and is mentioned in many travel guides from the early 20th century.
The paper is time stained and there is some scattered foxing. The edges are very slightly uneven and there is a very minor tear to the top right of the sheet. There are remains of adhesive on the reverse. Held in a gold painted wooden frame behind glass. Unexamined out of frame. "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."