The panel has fairly recently been thinned and cradled. The painting is in moderate overall condition. The paint surface is very discoloured and has suffered from wear in parts, leading to the loss of some of the finer details. There are two old repaired joins or splits, running across the panel, one at the level of the topmost flag and the other halfway down. There is an old repainted oblique scratch running from centre of the top edge nearly as far as the windows of the house. There are numerous areas of old retouching around the latter two, and in addition quiet substantial re-touchings across much of the sky, the central parts of the waves and the sails of the boat on the left. The joins are not visible except under raking light but some of the old repairs have now visibly discoloured.
Offered in a later wood and faux turtleshell verneer frame in 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."