Ottoboni collection, Rome (their red wax seal on the reverse); Fürstin von Campofranco, Bolzano (according to an old label on the reverse); Archduke Rainer Joseph of Austria, Viceroy of the Kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia (1783–1853); By descent to the present owner.
The panel has two vertical supporting batons at either side, and is flat and stable. There is a prominent horizontal split across the middle (visible in the catalogue illustration). The paint surface is dirty and the varnish discoloured. There is a surface crack across the Madonna’s breast and arm measuring approx. 10 cm. There is an old scuff with associated paint loss in the Baptist’s fur, as well as an old damage where the paint surface has lifted, and a scratch approx. 15 cm. long, probably due to past frame abrasion. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals old spot retouching throughout the figures’ flesh tones, and scattered throughout. "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."