The canvases are lined, the paint surfaces are dirty, and the varnishes discoloured.
Landscape with horses:
Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals some retouching, most notably in 3 concentrated vertical bands along the upper edge (probably repaired tears), the largest approx. 15 x 3 cm. There are additional scattered retouchings, for example in the sky upper right, and in the furthest left horse’s back. There are older, discoloured retouchings which are visible to the naked eye, for example in the foreground lower centre, which are almost impassible to discern underneath the thick varnish under UV light.
Landscape with cattle:
Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals an extensive campaign of retouching in the sky and clouds. There are 3 more concentrated areas, one in the sky upper centre, approx. 5 x 3 cm., one in the belly of the calf lower right, and above the white cow's head. There are older, discoloured retouchings which are visible to the naked eye, for example in the foreground lower centre and lower right, but which are almost impossible to discern underneath the thick varnish under UV 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."