Technique and condition
The stretched canvas appears to have been given a thin coating of white on which the outlines of the composition are fluidly drawn by brush with thinned crimson paint. The areas of colour are brushed in paint so as not to obliterate the drawing, varying from glazes and scumbles to moderately impastoed areas where passages have been modified as in the central yellow jug. The yellow stripes of the table cloth edges are squeezed directly from the tube. Many areas are left with the white initial coat showing through.
The painting is not varnished and framed in an ornate distressed white frame which at one time was around a similar work by Heron of the same date. Apart from a general layer of dirt the painting is in good condition with only a few areas of cracks. It was surface cleaned and the frame improved on acquisition.