The actual painting is less red in tone than the catalogue illustration suggests. The canvas has a rather firm relining. No damages are apparent, and the paint layer is secure, if a little abraded in some areas. The paint surface is under a slightly dirty and glossy layer of varnish. Inspection under UV light is largely impeded by the varnish layer, although some tiny scattered retouchings, e.g. in the boy's mouth and girl's cheek become apparent.
Offered in a decorative gilt plaster and wood frame, with a few chips. (MW) "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."