The painting is yellower in tone than the catalogue illustration suggests. The recent relining has flattened the paint surface somewhat though the impasto remain better preserved on the animals. The paint surface, which is secure and under a yellowed varnish, appears abraded and flat in the background and sky. Small restored scratched are present upper right, lower right as well as a small restored tear centre right. Inspection under UV light reveals minor scattered infilled losses as well as some infilled craquelure.
Offered in a carved and gilt wood frame in fair condition. "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."