The panel is flat and even, with a faintly visible vertical 8cm crack in the lower right corner and another minor circa 1cm in part of the 'B' of the signature. Under ultraviolet light the varnish fluoresces quite opaquely, obscuring a clear reading of the surface; only a few tiny spots of retouching are visible, predominantly near the bottom of the woman's dress and in the background to the left of the boy's face. This work is in good overall condition and ready to hang.
Held in a decorative rococo-style 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. 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."