The actual painting is a bit darker and subdued than the catalogue illustration suggests. The canvas has a firm relining (glue). The painting is somewhat flattened, but some of the impasto brushstrokes, especially in the fire are well preserved. Small discoloured retouchings are visible to the naked eye in the sky and in the water. The paint surface is covered under a dirty and discoloured varnish layer. Inspection under UV-light is partially impeded by the varnish, however it confirms abovementioned retouchings and reveals additional retouchings and strengthening in the village and ships in the background.Offered in a carved and gilt wood frame, in fair condition. (JD) "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."