The actual painting is less dark and shows more contrast than the catalogue illustration would suggest.
The painting is on a canvas that has been relined, seemingly an older one, dating from the first half of the 20th Century. The painted surface seems to be in a good condition, with the colours and impastos of the paint nicely preserved. Some minor thinness can be observed in the darker (the browns-blacks) areas of the composition. The painted surface is covered with a dense and strong craquelure pattern. The varnish layer is old, dirty and discoloured and the painting would benefit from cleaning. Minor discoloured retouchings can be seen throughout.
The old varnish layer fluoresces completely, showing only some minor surface dirt in the woman on the left.
Offered with an ornate carved and giltwood frame. "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."