The canvas is unlined and is securely attached to what appears to be the artist's original fixed
wooden stretcher. This is ensuring a stable structural support. The canvas is inscribed in the
upper right quadrant as viewed from the reverse.
The paint surface has the artist's original unvarnished appearance.
There are number of small areas of drying craquelure, including within the wings of the parrot
in the upper left corner of the composition. These appear stable at present.
Inspection under ultra-violet light shows an uneven fluorescence which appears to be
attributable to the artist's materials and techniques. Inspection under ultra-violet light also
shows a small spot of retouching on the wings of the parrot and a further small spot of
retouching on the cheek of the lioness.
The painting would therefore appear to be in very good and stable 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."