The colours in the catalogue illustration are fairly accurate, although the overall tonality is slightly deeper and richer in the original. The catalogue illustration fails to fully convey the rich textural quality of the surface apparent in the original.
This work is in very good condition. Upon very close inspection, there a few hairline cracks in the blue pigment, notably two vertical hairline cracks towards the centre of the lower left edge. A number of tiny pebbles have fallen off over time resulting in a few tiny spots of paint loss, in keeping with the artist's choice of medium. 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."