The actual painting is warmer in tone and has less contrast than the catalogue illustration suggests.
The single panel is bevelled on all sides. Two very tiny damages, resulting in paint losses are visible in the centre to the lower right. Otherwise, no damages seem to be apparent. The paint surface, though slightly thin in the man's costume, seems to be in good condition. A few small discoloured retouchings can be observed along the upper edge and in the sky. Th epaint surface is under a dirty layer of varnish. Inspection under ultra violet light confirms the aforesaid retouchings, and reveals additional small retouchings in the lower left corner and along the lower left edge. Offered in a decarative carved and gilt wood frame in good 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."