Description: white marble, on a wood base
Dimensions: marble: 104 by 164cm., 41 by 64 1/2in.
base: 42cm., 16 1/2in.
Medium: white marble, on a wood base
Condition Report: Overall, the condition of the marble is very good, with minor wear and some dirt to the surface consistent with age. There are small intentional drill holes to the figures throughout, to create a textured surface. Other parts of the surface are deliberately left roughly hewn. There are a few dirt/ scuff marks to the marble, including to the man's buttocks, to his face, and to the woman's side. There is veining to the marble, consistent with the material, including some darker slightly open veins to the woman's proper right shoulder, to her proper left arm, and to her proper left thigh. There are a few inclusions, consistent with the material, including to the man's forehead, to the woman's proper left elbow, her proper right hipbone and her proper right upper thigh. There are some minor reddish marks which are very slightly visible to the woman's proper left arm and elbow. The wood base is in good condition overall, with minor chips and scratches to the edges and corners. A small corner of the vinyl cover of the wood base has been reattached.
"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."
Salon Triennal de Bruxelles, 1914, no. 975
Literature: A. Hoogewijs,
Jean Decoen, Brussels, 1955, p. 7, pp. 24-27;
Jean Decoen, Mechelen, 1973, pp. 22-24
Provenance: Private collection, Belgium
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