The actual painting is softer in tone and shows more detail in the darker colours than the catalogue illustration suggests. The single panel is slightly bevelled on the upper, lower and left side. The panel is flat and stable. Two tiny spots of paint loss are visible in the centre along the left edge, as well as one tiny paint loss lower right. Small scattered discoloured retouchings, relating older paint losses, can be seen throughout, e.g. in the background just below the upper edge, along the right edge, in the figure's hair, in his collar and costume. The paint surface is under a thick and slightly dirty varnish layer. Inspection under ultra violet light confirms the aforesaid retouchings and reveals additional tiny scattered retouchings in the figure's face and in the red cloth. Offered in a decorative carved and gilt wood frame with a few small cracks, but otherwise in fair condition. (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."