This painting is a bust-length copy after the three-quarter length portrait of Elizabeth of Valois by Anthonis Mor, dated to 1560, in the Várez Fisa collection, Madrid. Elizabeth of Valois was the eldest daughter of King Henry II of France and Catherine de' Medici. She married Philip II of Spain in 1559.
The cradled panel is flat and stable. There is a central paint join which runs from top edge down through center of figure and is only very slightly visible to naked eye. The detail in costume and headdress is very nicely preserved. The flesh tones of the face are slightly abraded and thin, as well as along her hairline. Under UV light: there is retouching along the join in face. Other retouches can be seen in the lower part of face, above left eye, on right side of nose, on nostrils and in hair. Costume looks mostly quite good with only some retouching to left sleeve and there is some retouching along upper 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.