Property from a Private Collection, United States
IVAN KONSTANTINOVICH AIVAZOVSKY
PASSING SHIP ON A MOONLIT NIGHT
signed in Cyrillic and dated 1868 l.l.
oil on canvas
Canvas: 57.5 by 75.5cm, 22¾ by 29¾in.
Framed: 66 by 84 cm, 26 by 33in.
Authenticity has been confirmed by Gianni Caffiero and Ivan Samarine on the basis of photographs.
Please note: Condition 11 of the Conditions of Business for Buyers (Online Only) is not applicable to this lot.
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The following condition report is provided by Hamish Dewar who is an external specialist and not an employee of Sotheby’s:
The canvas is lined and is securely attached to what would appear to be the artist’s original keyed wooden stretcher with one central vertical cross member. This is providing a stable structural support.
The paint surface has an even varnish layer.
The paint surface displays an overall pattern of slightly raised fine lines of craquelure, including corresponding to the 5 stretcher members. These are entirely stable and are not visually distracting.
Inspection under ultraviolet light shows a vertical line of inpainting with associated minor retouchings within the dark blue painted cliffs in the centre left of the composition. The vertical line of inpainting corresponds to a historic repaired tear which is entirely stable.
Inspection under ultraviolet light also shows a few further very minor spots and lines of inpainting, including a retouching on the left part of the lower edge.
The painting would therefore appear to be in good and stable condition.
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A gift to the grandfather of the present owner in Russia before the Revolution