Hugo Helbing, Munich European Private Collection (acquired from the above in 1929, thence by descent; sale: Sotheby's, London, 15 November 2006, lot 179) Purchased at the above sale by the present owner
The panel is flat, even and ensuring a stable support. Ultraviolet light reveals some scattered minor signs of retouching notably spots in the lower right corner and possibly in the shadow near the centre left of the composition. Some of the pigments (notably the whites) fluoresce green however these would appear to be the artist's original. There are some scattered small spots of superficial abrasion and old paint flaking notably in the darker wall paintings in the background either side of the centre (possibly with some associated retouching), aside from which this painting is in good overall condition.
Presented in a decorative gilt frame with a nameplate. "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."