Inscribed and signed 'The undersigned declares that this picture has been painted by himself/ Edward Portielje/Antwerp' on the reverse.
Examined in the frame. Oil on stable panel. The surface presents well, aside from minor surface dirt and dust, isolated areas of barely visible crauqelure and some scattered frame abrasion at the edges. Under UV: there is an uneven fluorescing green varnish, of which the figures and parts of the background appear to have been cleaned; and a few isolated retouches to the right of the figure's mouth, apron and to the cabinet, and along the right edge. Inpainting to address craquelure visible at upper right. 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.