This painting is based on a Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian formerly attributed to Carracci in Musée des Beaux-Arts, Quimper (inv. no. D.897.6.1). Many variants of this composition were made, but the most similar to the present painting is in Musée Fabre, Montpellier (inv. no. F25).
The copper is flat and stable. The image reads well and the paint surface has been well retained. Inspection under UV shows some small strokes of retouching on the figure's shoulder, on the upper right corner, and on the sky at the middle right, near the edge. The painting could be hung in its present state. It is offered in a brown wood frame with a gold liner. 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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.