The colours in the catalogue illustration are fairly accurate, although the illustration fails to fully convey the different tonalities of the nine squares apparent in the original.
This work is in very good condition. There is evidence of extremely light wear towards the two lower corner tips. Close inspection reveals a few minute hairline cracks in places, notably towards the left hand centre of the composition. Visibly only in raking light, there are three short and unobtrusive drip marks towards the centre of the lower right quadrant. No restoration is apparent when examined under ultra-violet light.
"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."