Both canvasses have been relined.
"The Departure of the Prodigal Son": The paint surface is in good condition, if a little dark. Inspection under ultraviolet light shows small scattered cosmetic retouchings; two repairs to small holes in the lower right corner; and restoration to a 6 cm. line along the lower margin centre right.
"The Return of the Prodigal Son": the paint surface is brighter overall and colours are well- preserved. Inspection under ultraviolet light shows very small scattered retouchings throughout, particularly in the sky and in the figure group centre. A repair to fine horizontal scratch (5 cm.) along by the kneeling Son. a few other very small repairs (all measuring less than 1 cm.)
The lots are offered in matching heavy carved gilt wood frames, in very 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."