(colombian b. 1932)
1982. Signed and numbered 'Botero 1/6' on reverse of base, bronze with brown patina
37 1/2 x 23 x 20 1/2 in. (95 x 58.5 x 52cm)
Marlborough Gallery, New York, New York.
Private Collection, Pennsylvania, acquired from the above in 1982.
Marlborough Gallery, New York, New York, "Fernando Botero: Recent Sculpture," April 30-May 29, 1982, catalogue #44, illustrated p. 23.
In generally very good overall condition with no major condition flaws and no evidence of any losses or restoration. The bronze has been privately owned (and cared for) by the owner since its acquisition at Marlborough Gallery.
Some localized parts of the bronze have some minor surface inconsistencies/imperfections. Variations in patina hue, from rich dark brown to honey brown variations are undoubtedly as intended and are not a condition problem.
Along parts of the front panel and the left panel of the base, there are some surface inconsistencies; specifically there appears to be some mild delamination of the surface patina – i.e. owing to time, and owing to the patination/chemical processes, there are some clusters of gold specks that are visible along parts of front/left sides of base. There are some small areas with greenish verdigris visible - including to part of front panel of base, part of top of back of head and at juncture of right heel/base. Along part of side of right leg there are two visible surface drips. The verdigris marks and these drips are also the likely result of patination/chemical processes occurring over time, and are not the result of any human interference.
Inside the figure's left hand is a small area of surface craquelure. There are some tiny hairline fissures in the base, between figure's feet. There are very minor, stray, non-obtrusive scuffs/some isolated small scratches and slight pitting in localized areas. It is worth noting that these marks are not immediately perceptible and visible only when examined carefully from a very close proximity.
Again, overall this work has a lovely patina and aside from the minor condition issued mentioned, is in very good, original condition.
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Sold for $289,000 (buyer's premium included)