To the unaided eye, this piece appears to be in very good conidtion. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals a normal fluorescence of pigments. There are no signs of damage or restoration. The piece is framed in a semi-rustic burgundy and off-white painted frame. The frame is in good condition with minor abrasions along the bottom edge. Plate: The Phoenix Bird, 1964, Emil J. Bisttram 1895- Verso: [handwritten on backside of stretcher bar] The Phoenix Bird- Emil J. Bisttram (artist's signature); [label affixed to backside of stretcher bar] Saint Paul Gallery and School of Art (exhibition label); [label affixed to backside of frame] Best of the West Auctions, Colorado Springs, CO
Signed l/r: [artist's cipher] Bisttram 64
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