The panel is cradled, very slightly bowed, and stable. There are vertical surface cracks scattered throughout the panel, most notably one which runs the height of the panel through the centre, in Joseph's red robe, and in the background upper left; all these have associated visible retouching. The paint surface is slightly dirty and the varnish discoloured. Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms all these as well as further spots scattered throughout, with the more concentrated spot in Her forehead, and more recent retouchings in the infant Baptist's halo, and the Madonna and Joseph's sleeves. None of these impede the legibility of the image and the painting is ready to hang. Offered in a carved and parcel gilt frame. "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."