The canvas is relined and the surface is somewhat pressed as a result though the painting still reads well and retains good detail throughout. There is a scratch of approximately 4 inches through the dog's mouth. Inspection under UV reveals a long, diagonal line of retouching running most of the way down the composition on the left side though this does not appear to have been a tear. There are scattered, very minor retouches consistent throughout and some slightly more extensive retouching to the arch in the background. There is no need for further work. Offered in a carved black and gilt wood frame. 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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.