Acquired by Reino Silvanto, former Finnish Ambassador to Riga, in the 1920s Thence by descent to the present owner
Reino Silvanto (1883-1943) worked at the Finnish consul in Latvia from 1920 and from 1926 served as Finland's Ambassador. Passionate about art, he acquired several of the Russian paintings in his collection during this time. Silvanto was also a talented linguist and translated stories by Chekhov, Gogol and Ilf and Petrov into Finnish.
Original canvas. There is a small area of paint loss in the lower left corner and some small flecks of paint loss to the other edges. There are faint traces of ink from a printed sheet to the lower right edge. There is an ingrained layer of dirt and the canvas is slightly uneven, with a light crease running across the sky between the two ships. UV light reveals retouching to the sea below the boat on the left and possibly old areas of retouching elsewhere, but an opaque layer of discoloured varnish prevents a more thorough examination. Held in a simple silver-painted wooden frame. Unexamined out of frame. "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."