The following condition report is provided by Henry Gentle who is an external specialist and not an employee of Sotheby's:
A man and his dog
Oil on panel, in an ornate gilt and blue painted frame with some chips.
The soft wood panel is in a good preserved state.
There are horizontal tapering battens retained to the reverse and evidence of old wood worm infestation.
Two vertical joins can be detected; one through the background , the sitter's proper right shoulder and down through his right fingers and in to his thigh, the other through the sitter's left arm and into his proper left thigh.
These joins are stable and there is minimal repaired paint loss along them.
The paint layer is well preserved; under U-V light minor scattered re-touchings can be seen to the pale stockinged thighs, to reduce dark cracks and minor blemishes; likewise through the forehead and the nose of the sitter.
The sitter's hair has had some recent augmentation.
The naturally sketchy background is in good original condition and the vigorous brushwork here, through the tunic and the dog's fur, is apparent.
Removal of the remains of a discoloured layer through the darker passages of the tunic would improve the tonality and the modelling.
Impasted paint to the collar, cuffs, buttons and sword hilt are intact.
The painting presents well and is in a good overall condition.
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