The signed work is called "Laundry Woman with a Toothache.'' It was created around 1870 to 1872.
It was stolen from the Malraux Museum in Le Havre, Normandy, on Dec. 27, 1973.
It was rediscovered last month when it appeared in a Sotheby's New York catalog. Sotheby's promptly pulled the piece from its auction and cooperated with authorities. Its presale estimate was $350,000 to $450,000.