Lescot spent almost a decade in Rome recording scenes of everyday life--a rare opportunity for a woman artist of her time--and her detailed genre scenes would influence later artists. She painted multiple pictures of the Vatican's Swiss guards in their traditional uniforms.
The canvas has been relined. The paint surface is stable with pronunced circular craquelure throughout. No areas of loss are visible to the naked eye. Under UV inspection, areas of retouching are visible throughout the background, concentrated at the upper right, lower left, and lower right, some of which are in response to frame abrasions. Retouching is not visible on the figure. The painting can hang as is, but would likely benefit from a varnish. Offered in a decoratively carved gilt wood 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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.