Lot Details

This set of two iconic watercolors with hand-stenciling by renowned Mexican artist Francisco Toledo were originally crafted as kites; the wooden kite assemblies have been removed in order to display and preserve the artist's designs. Both kites date from 2007 and were created as a charity project to raise funds for a local library; both are signed by Toledo since, unlike many of the kites created in his studio at that time, these examples were painted by Toledo himself. Animal motifs are central to Toledo's work and vision, which derives inspiration both from nature and from the iconography of his native Oaxacan culture. He embellishes these motifs with both intricacy and expressiveness, placing them at the center of his smoky, earth-toned compositions. "Horse Star Kite I" measures 30 x 30 inches (76.2 x 76.2 cm), and is mounted and box-framed under Plexiglas to dimensions of 38 x 34.5 inches (96.5 x 87.6 cm). "Insect Star Kite I" measures 30 x 30 inches (76.2 x 76.2 cm), and is floated on silk and box-framed under Plexiglas to dimensions of approximately 40 x 40 inches (101.6 x 101.6 cm). There are minor punctures to the works, consistent with the original kite strings.

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Tears / Punctures / Holes
Area: Image
Location: Other location
Notes: Holes consistent with original kite strings.
Degree: Minor

Definition Key
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.

Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • Acquired directly from the artist; Private collection, United States
  • Pickup Location: California, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 38 x 34.5 in. (96.52 x 87.63 cm.)
  • Framed Under: Plexi
Accepted: Wire Transfer
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