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, firstname.lastname@example.org, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.
This painting is structurally sound and in fair condition overall. Widespread flaking is visible
across the surface and the picture is coated with a significant accumulation of dirt, grime and
discolored varnish. Broad retouching is found in several locations, including the bottom
corners, the rock formation, and the white horse. Otherwise the painting appears to have
undergone very little intervention. The wood panel support is comprised of four vertically grained boards and retains its original crossbars on the reverse. Small planar deformations on
the face of the painting are related to the original construction of the panel, where nails were
driven through the front into the crossbars on the back. The frame is not original to the
painting although both appear to be of the same time period. Flaking paint should be
consolidated to prevent further losses from developing. Cleaning can be expected to have a
significant positive impact on the appearance, which along with compensation for losses
would improve the legibility of the composition.
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