L. Tognoli, G.F. Cipper, il "Todeschini" e la pittura di genere, Bergamo 1976, reproduced fig. 185 (as location unknown and erroneously attributed to Cipper).
Although published with an erroneous attribution by Tognoli, who likely only knew it from a black and white photograph, the present painting is consistent in composition and handling with the genre scenes for which Giacomo Francesco Cipper, called Todeschini, is best known.
The following condition report has been provided by Simon Parkes of Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc. 502 East 74th St. New York, NY 212-734-3920, email@example.com, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.
This work has not been recently restored and would benefit from a complete reexamination. The old lining does little to correct the structural damages, which can be seen above and around the heads of the figures in the upper center and upper right. There are two damages that enter into the head of the old lady. There are other structural damages in the upper left quadrant. There are restored losses along the bottom edge and in the lower right corner. The restorations that have been applied to these losses are not particularly effective. There may be an original canvas join across the center of the work that has also attracted some restoration. "This lot is offered for sale subject to Sotheby's Conditions of Business, which are available on request and printed in Sotheby's sale catalogues. The independent reports contained in this document are provided for prospective bidders' information only and without warranty by Sotheby's or the Seller."