The panel is flat and even. Ultraviolet light reveals some scattered minor spots of retouching, notably in the background to the right and upper right and right of the cats, and a thin line in the black pigments of the left paw of the kitten in the lower right, apart from which the kittens themselves are virtually unretouched. Overall this work is in good condition, and ready to hang.
Overall the catalogue illustration is accurate, however the colours are deeper and somewhat less red in reality.
Held in a decorative gilt frame with floral motifs, and a white cloth inner liner "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."