The actual painting is lighter in tone and shows more contrast than the catalogue illustration would suggest.
Painted on a single piece of panel with two vertical batons inset on its reverse; another horizontal one is glued onto its reverse. The painted surface seems to be in a reasonably satisfactory condition. Covered with a dense coarse craquelure pattern, which has tendency towards dryness in places. Thinness can be observed in the background. The colours of the clothing of the figures seems to be nicely preserved. Various small retouchings can be seen throughout.
Under the UV light
The varnish layer fluoresces in some parts showing the strong craquelure pattern and various retouchings throughout.
Offered with a modern black painted wooden frame with a silver painted fillet. "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."