The paper has been attached to a supporting sheet with adhesive at the corners and in the centre. The supporting sheet is taped into the book mount with tabs at the upper corners.
The sheet is slightly cockled, particularly at the lower left corner and there are several light creases towards the corners of the sheets. There is some damage to the upper right corn with two tears and a crease, not wholly visible in the present mount. There are brown stains, consistent with old adhesive residue, visible in each of the four corners and at the centre of the sheet. On close examination several horizontal scratches run across the cat's back. When viewed out of the mount, time staining to the paper is apparent. The graphite is strong and subject to the above the work appears to be in good condition.
The drawing is presented in a book mount and a gilded wooden frame.
Please contact the department on +44 (0) 207 293 6424 if you have any questions regarding the present work.
"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."