This painting relates to a composition by Fragonard in the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm (inv. no. NM 5415). Given its compact size and loose brush strokes, this painting could have very well served as a modello, or sketch.
The panel is uncradled and stable with a horizontal bow. A delicate image reads well, though there is some thinness to the paint, as is expected from a sketch. Some minor scratches are throughout the surface. Inspection under UV shows some areas of retouches on the bottom left quadrant, upper left corner, and on the lower right edge. Some minor spots are on the face of the lady, the hair of the man, and on the upper right corner. The painting is offered in a gilded wood frame with some scratches. 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.