The actual painting is a bit more brown in tone and has less contrast in the colours than the catalogue illustration suggests. The single panel is bevelled on all sides except for the top. Filled paintlosses and discoloured retouchings are visible to the naked eye, on the background wall and in two of the figures in the centre, as shown in the catalogue illustration. The paint surface is in good condition and the impastos of the brushstrokes are well preserved. The under drawing is also nicely visible to the right. The paint surface is covered under a thick and somewhat discoloured varnish layer, which is glossy.
Inspection under UV-light is impeded by the varnish, but seems to confirm abovementioned restorations. Offered in a black painted 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."