Sound board. On extremely close examination there are fine horizontal lines of paint cracking across the composition and some frame abrasion at the extreme edges of the board with corresponding surface matter from the frame. There is a layer of light surface dirt across the paint surface. With the exception of the above the work appears to be in very good condition.
Ultraviolet light reveals no obvious signs of florescence or retouching.
The painting is presented in a gilded frame.
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"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."