Colours: The colours in the catalogue illustration are fairly accurate, although the overall tonality is much fresher and brighter in the original, and the catalogue illustration fails to convey the glossiness of the bird.
Condition: This work is in very good condition. The areas of paper collage lift at intervals along the edges and there is a slight undulation in places which is intrinsic to the artist's intended textural effect. There is a fine layer of dust, particularly to the recesses and the areas of glossy black paint. There is a small patch of craquelure to an area of red impasto towards the centre of the lower left edge. The exposed areas of white paper, particularly to the lower half of the composition, show signs of discoloration as a result of the oil paint surrounding it, this is intrinsic to the artist's choice of material. There are staples throughout securing the collage areas to the canvas. No restoration is apparent under ultraviolet light. "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."