Both the canvases are relined, the paint surfaces are clean and the varnishes are clear and even. The dark ground has become visible in some of the more thinly-painted areas of both canvases.
The former: inspection under ultraviolet light reveals retouching throughout the sky, scattered in the water, in the sails of the far boat, and in the dark archways of the Doge's Palace.
The latter: inspection under ultraviolet light reveals retouching to a damage in the sky, upper centre, measuring approx. 4 x 6 cm., and small retouchings and strengthenings scattered throughout the sky. There are also retouchings along all four margins.
All these retouchings are unobtrusive to the naked eye and the paintings appear in overall good 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."