The actual painting is a lot warmer and more yellow in tone than the catalogue illustration suggests.
The panel seems to consist of two planks joined vertically and is slightly bevelled to the upper and lower edge. A thin vertical crack is visible along the join. A few very tiny paint losses are visible in the upper left and right corner. Small retouchings, relating to older paint losses, are visible to the background in the sky. The paint surface is under a thick and dirty varnish layer. Inspection under ultra violet light confirms the retouchings as mentioned above, and reveals additional small retouchings and strengthening along the right edge, in the woman's skirt, in the trees to the right,
and in the foliage to the left. Offered in an elaborate carved gilt wood frame in fair condition. (MW)
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