The following condition report has been provided by Karen Thomas of Thomas Art Conservation LLC., 336 West 37th Street, Suite 830, New York, NY 10018, 212-564-4024, email@example.com, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.
This painting is in good condition overall and structurally sound. A significantly discolored
aged varnish coats the surface, giving the painting its decidedly amber tonality. The paint
appears to be generally free of abrasion but with a handful of scattered small old losses,
restored. Under ultraviolet illumination the varnish fluoresces strongly, preventing
confirmation of the presence of retouching by UV. A small spot of recent restoration atop the
varnish is visible in the wrist of the hand supporting the book, and a few tiny dots are located
in the saint's wimple. Retouching appears to exist beneath the varnish to address small losses
in the clothing— in the arm on the right, just beneath the book, and in the skirt bottom right.
The red lake paint used for the book displays wear along the craquelure. Blind tenting
following the vertical wood grain is visible in the lower half of the painting in the saint's white
robe and in the background to the right. The wood panel support is a single board. The
integrated frame is partially carved from the support but is further built up with small pieces of
wood attached to the front of the panel.
Cleaning to remove the yellowed varnish will markedly brighten the picture and while some
retouching would be required to address old losses, a need for extensive restoration is not
anticipated. Regardless of any decision whether or not to clean the picture, the lifting paint
should be set down to prevent losses from occurring.
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