The colours in the catalogue illustration are fairly accurate, although the overall tonality has more magenta undertones and it fails to convey the nuances of the pink tones on the bow and birds visible in the original. The paper tone is slightly warmer in the original.
This work is in very good condition. The sheet is hinged verso to the backing board at all four corners and undulates. All collaged elements are stable. Close inspection reveals some glue residue to the gold appliqué, which is inherent to the artist's working process. Visible only when inspected out of its frame is some slight discolouration along the edges. Further close inspection reveals a small crease towards the centre of the lower edge and some unobtrusive media accretions and minute fox marks in isolated places throughout. There is evidence of light water staining along the lower edge. "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."