The actual painting is a bit more brown in tone than the catalogue illustration suggests. The panel consists of two planks, joined horizontally. The join is slightly visible to the front. The panel is cradled and flat. No damages are visible to the naked eye. Minor strenghtening can be seen in the figures' costumes and background as well as minor retouchings in the figures' faces, upper left background and in the centre of the composition, but otherwise the paint surface is in good condition and covered under a fine and dense cracquelure pattern.
Inspection under UV-light confirms the above. Offered in a black wood frame, in good condition. (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."