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Some works sold by Sotheby's

Ivan Pavlovich Pokhitonov - In The Village And A Woman Making Pottery

Ivan Pavlovich Pokhitonov - In The Village And A Woman Making Pottery

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Lot number: 101
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Ivan Pavlovich Pokhitonov 1850-1923 IN THE VILLAGE AND A WOMAN MAKING POTTERY Quantity: 2 oil on panel image size: 7.5 by 8.5cm, 3 by 3 1/2 in.; image size: 6.5 by 7cm, 2 1/2 by 2 3/4 in. Read Condition Report Read Condition Report Register or Log-in to view condition report Saleroom Notice Provenance Acquired directly from the artist by his friend, August Collon We are grateful to Olivier Bertrand, author of the forthcoming Ivan Pokhitonov catalogue raisonné, for providing additional cataloguing information. Woman Making Pottery: The board is split along the bottom and held together by tape on the verso. There are some scratches and scuffs to the surface of the board and some stray white pigment near the upper left edge and upper right edge, though these could be original. Unframed. Village: the board is glued to the mount. The surface has some minor scuffs but is in generally fine 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. 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."
Mira Schendel - Untitled

Mira Schendel - Untitled

Original 1965
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Lot number: 100
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Mira Schendel (1919-1988) UNTITLED signed and dated 65 lower right ink on japanese paper 17 3/4 by 9 in. 45 by 23 cm Read Condition Report Read Condition Report Register or Log-in to view condition report Saleroom Notice Provenance Acquired from the artist This works has been examined under Plexiglas. Minor concentrated specks of foxing are present in the upper right quadrant. Considering its age, this work is in very good condition overall and is ready to hang. 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.
Jakob Suter - Ansicht Von Zürich

Jakob Suter - Ansicht Von Zürich

Original 1838
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Lot number: 1
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Jakob Suter 1793 - 1874 ANSICHT VON ZÜRICH, 1838 Mitte links signiert und datiert Bleistift und Aquarell auf Papier 52.5 x 75 cm (Lichtmass) Read Condition Report Read Condition Report Register or Log-in to view condition report Saleroom Notice Not unframed. Very minor foxing in the clouds to the left. Paper slightly yellowed. Traces of a former frame/passepartout along the edges. 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. 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."
Franz Von Stuck - Amazone

Franz Von Stuck - Amazone

Original 1897
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Lot number: 9
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Franz von Stuck 1863 - 1928 AMAZONE, LE MODÈLE CRÉÉ EN 1897 'AMAZONE', A PATINATED BRONZE SCULPTURE BY FRANZ VON STUCK, THE MODEL CIRCA 1897. SIGNED AND WITH FOUNDRY MARK sculpture en bronze patiné Signée Franz von Stuck et porte la marque du fondeur Guss C. Leyer München sur la base Hauteur : 65 cm (25 1/2 in.) Largeur : 45 cm (17 3/4 in.) Profondeur : 17,5 cm (6 3/4 in.) Read Condition Report Read Condition Report Register or Log-in to view condition report Saleroom Notice Literature Franz von Stuck, catalogue d'exposition, Villa von Stuck, Münich, mars 1968, p. 18 Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker et alii, Franz von Stuck und die Photographie, éd. Prestel, Münich, 1996, p. 48 Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker et alii, Franz von Stuck : die Sammlung des Museums Villa Stuck, Münich, 1997, pp. 169-171, n. 55 Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker et alii, Villa Stuck, éd. Hatje Cantz, Münich, 2006, pp. 6, 79, 94, 104-105, 275-283 Bon état général. Légère usure de la patine, majoritairement sur le socle. Infimes rayures d'usage sur l'ensemble de la surface, quelques rares et très légers enfoncements d'usage dont un plus marqué sur le genou avant gauche du cheval. Un léger décollement dans les coins entre le socle de la statue et le piédestal. La flèche a été remplacée, d'après l'originale. Good overall condition Some light wear to the patina, mostly on the tall pedestal base. A few minor scratches of use scattered over the surface and a few tiny dents, one more important on the horse's left front knee, all consistent with normal age and use. There is a slight gap on the corners between the sculpture base and the pedestal. The arrow has been recast after the original one. "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."
Paolo Scheggi - Zone Riflesse

Paolo Scheggi - Zone Riflesse

Original 1964
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Lot number: 1
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Paolo Scheggi 1940 - 1971 ZONE RIFLESSE ACRYLIC ON LAYERED CANVASES. EXECUTED IN 1964 acrilico azzurro su tre tele sovrapposte cm 60x80x7 Eseguito nel 1964 Read Condition Report Read Condition Report Register or Log-in to view condition report Saleroom Notice Authentication L'opera è registrata presso l'Associazione Paolo Scheggi, Milano e verrà inclusa nel Catalogo Ragionato dell'Opera di Paolo Scheggi a cura di Luca Massimo Barbero di prossima pubblicazione. © Paolo Scheggi/SIAE Provenance Arte Struktura, centro arte contemporanea, Milano Literature Luca Massimo Barbero, Gillo Dorfles, La breve e intensa stagione di Paolo Scheggi, catalogo pubblicato in occasione della mostra tenuta alla Galleria d’’Arte Niccoli, Parma, 23 novembre 2002-22 febbraio 2003, Verona, 2002, p. 154, illustrato This work appears to be in generally good overall condition. There is a tiny paint loss by the left upper edge and a couple pin-pointed losses along the lower left edge. There is a very light trace of dirt along the upper left margin. There is a light impression on the upper right part of the stretcher. There are stable and spidery craquelures scattered on the surface. No traces of retouching appear to be visible under UV light. "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."
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current week's auction

Place Date Artworks Works at Auction
Zurich
December 2, 2014
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