The actual painting is deeper in tone than the illustration in the catalogue suggests. The white streaks which are visible in the illustration are not visible on the actual painting. The canvas has been relined. There is surface dirt. The paint surface has grown slightly dry and thin, particularly in the background. There is a vertical scratch of approximately three centimeters in the left centre. Inspection under ultra violet light is partly impeded by the dirty varnish layer, but do reveal discoloured retouchings and strenghtenings in the face and dress of the figure. Offered in a elaborate carved and gilt wood frame with a few damages. (ML/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."