The panel is slightly bowed and stable, and has 3 vertical battens affixed to the reverse - these seem to relate to old, repaired vertical splits which are visible from the front under raking light. The paint surface is relatively clean, and the varnish is clear. There are 3 small surface scratches with associated visible retouching in the background centre right between the figure and the organ, the longest of which measures 2 cm. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals retouching along the aforementioned vertical splits: one on the right-hand side runs the height of the panel, and two in the centre, one which runs the height of the panel, and one which extends from the upper margin to the sitter's shoulder. There are pin-prick retouchings scattered in the sitter's face, ruff, hand (notably in her outstretched finger), and black bodice. There are further small retouchings scattered in the background and in the organ, most notably in the lower right corner, and along all four margins, particularly the upper margin. Despite these interventions the paintings appears clean and ready to hang. "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."