The actual painting is darker in tone and has less contrast in the colours than the catalogue illustration suggests. The canvas is unlined and the paint has been directly applied onto the ungrounded canvas. The paint surface is abraded throughout and the paint layers have sunk in. However, the underdrawing is nicely preserved, especially in the cupid. The paint layers are covered under a fine layer of dirt.
Inspection under UV-light does not indicate any restorations. Offered in a probably contemporaneous frame. (JD) "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."