There is an old glue relining. Under an uneven and dirty varnish. The paint surface has been a bit pressed in the relining, mostly in the background darks, and there is some abrasion in the darks as well. The figure still reads very well and there is good retention of the paint surface in the flesh tones and in her headdress. Some areas of the surface appear a bit uneven due to some slight buckling of the canvas and raised craquelure. An old repair, visible to naked eye, can be see at lower left corner and there is a small area where the varnish has seized at upper center in the background. Under UV light: it is difficult to read through the old varnish. There is some old retouching on her forehead and chest, and some scattered in the white headdress. Others can be seen around edges of canvas. This painting presents a striking image but has not been attended to in a long time. It should benefit from sensitive restoration which could improve the overall appearance.
In a carved and gilt wood frame with minor nicks. The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the condition report is a statement of opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's. For that reason, Sotheby's condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot.