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, firstname.lastname@example.org, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.
This work is in very good condition. The stretcher is older, although probably not period to the painting. The canvas has been lined using wax as an adhesive. This wax lining is easily reversible. Given that the cracking to the paint layer is slightly raised, it may be wise to reverse the lining in the future and by doing so, provide a better surface. The painting seems to be clean.
No retouches are clearly visible when the work is examined under ultraviolet light. Some small retouches may have been applied to a pentimenti of the hand holding the candle to the left of the fingers. Retouches may have been added to slightly strengthen the dark folds of the coat beneath the right wrist. A couple of dots of retouching may be present in the lower right corner. There may be a few other restored losses in the vertical dark line in the center right: one area to the right of the candle and one further towards the top edge. Although the varnish reads slightly opaque when viewed under ultraviolet light and clearly identifying retouches is not possible, the overall condition of this work seems to be very good.
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