Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1989
London, Anthony d'Offay Gallery, New Paintings and Sculpture by Anselm Kiefer Including The High Priestess 1985-1989, June - August 1989
"He's very aware of the fragility of the landscape. And the great cracking that you see on the surface of his work is intended to tell you that it all can be swept away by the deluge, by the flood, by the fall of man. And we all have to start again."
Jackie Wullschlager, "Interview with Anselm Kiefer, ahead of his Royal Academy show," The Financial Times, 19 September 2014
This work is in very good condition overall. The surface irregularities and inconsistencies visible throughout are inherent to the artist's working process and chosen medium. There is evidence of age to the metal collage, including occasional yellowing to the elements. Upon close inspection, evidence of minor rusting is noticeable along the frame edges, possibly inherent to the artist's chosen frame material. Framed under glass, in artist's 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. 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.