The actual painting shows more contrast than the catalogue illustration would suggest.
Painted on a single octagonal piece of copper, which is quite nice and flat. The painted surface seems to be in a reasonable condition with most of its impastos well preserved. Some minor thinness can be observed in the dark areas of the composition, where we observe various retouchings and strengthenings. These turn up matt in the varnish layer. The painted surface is covered with a somewhat dirty and discolored varnish layer and would benefit from a good restoration.
Under the UV light
The varnish layer fluoresces somewhat, showing various strenghtenings on the left, which are also turning up matt as mentioned above.
Offered with a black veneer wooded frame with a golden octagonal inset. "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."