This work has been restored, but the surface shows visibly raised cracking and there still seems to be slight instability to the paint layer. An original inscription can be seen on the reverse, along with three reinforcements. There is one small square of paper in the upper left of the reverse, and one 7 by 3 inch remnant of another reinforcement that seems to have been removed.
Under ultraviolet light, a fairly large vertical restoration can be seen in the lower center, measuring about 4 inches long. Near the center of the work, there is a 4 inch diagonal scratch and some associated losses that have been restored. There is a cluster of retouches in the lower left and lower right corners, and along the bottom edge. The upper right and upper left corners also show retouches. There are isolated spots of retouching throughout the remainder of the picture.
If the work is carefully handled, it can be hung in its current condition, but some consolidation of the paint layer is recommended in the near future. (This condition report has been provided courtesy of Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc.) 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.