Inscribed by an unknown hand on the reverse: 'voor je 25 verjaardag/ van, Frans' [For your 25th birthday/ from, Frans]
Examined in the frame. Oil on stable panel. The work presents well. There is stable craquelure at center around the left ship's bow and around the horizon line; and a small dot of discolored varnish in the sky to the left of the bow. Under UV: varnish fluoresces green unevenly and in a streaky manner in a few areas. There is inpainting to address prior frame abrasion scattered along the upper and upper right edges; and one area of inpainting at the lower right edge. 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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.