IVAN KONSTANTINOVICH AIVAZOVSKY | VIEW OF CONSTANTINOPLE
IVAN KONSTANTINOVICH AIVAZOVSKY | VIEW OF CONSTANTINOPLE
IVAN KONSTANTINOVICH AIVAZOVSKY | VIEW OF CONSTANTINOPLE
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Property from a Private Collection

IVAN KONSTANTINOVICH AIVAZOVSKY | VIEW OF CONSTANTINOPLE

Estimate: 60,000 - 80,000 GBP

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Property from a Private Collection

IVAN KONSTANTINOVICH AIVAZOVSKY | VIEW OF CONSTANTINOPLE

Estimate: 60,000 - 80,000 GBP

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Lot Details

Description

IVAN KONSTANTINOVICH AIVAZOVSKY

1817-1900

VIEW OF CONSTANTINOPLE


signed in Latin and dated 1874 l.l.; further signed on the reverse

oil on canvas

40 by 32cm, 15½ by 12½in.

Condition Report

Structural Condition

The canvas is unlined and is securely attached to a four member, fixed wooden stretcher. This is providing a stable structural support. There is an intermittent line of impression caused by the beveled edge of the stretcher on all four outer edges and the canvas slightly undulates.


Paint Surface

The paint surface has a relatively even, discoloured varnish layer. There is evidence of an ingrained dirt and the painting would respond well to cleaning. The paint surface has an overall pattern of slightly raised craquelure including a concentric circular area within the sky. This appears stable at present. Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms the discoloured varnish layer. Inspection under ultraviolet light also shows intermittent retouchings on and close to the extreme edges of the composition and a few very small spots of retouching within the sky in the centre right. The retouchings on and close to the extreme edges of the composition appear to have discoloured are also visible in natural light.


Summary

The painting would therefore appear to be in good and stable condition and would benefit from cleaning, restoration and revarnishing.


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Provenance

Şehzade Yusuf Izzeddin (1857-1916)

Thence by descent to his daughter Mihriban Mihrişah Sultana (1916-1987)

Thence by descent to the present owner

Catalogue Note

Even in the earliest days of the Ottoman empire, Mehmed the Conqueror attracted artists and scholars to his court, becoming one of the principal Renaissance patrons of his time. This cultivation of the arts continued throughout the centuries and by the 19th century, Sultan Abdul Aziz, himself an artist, was well known for his patronage of contemporary art and extensive collection of European paintings. Aivazovsky arrived at Constantinople for the second time in mid-1874, at the invitation of the Sultan. He received a commission to paint over thirty paintings for the Dolmabahce Palace. This view of Constantinople belonged to Sultan Abdul Aziz's son, Şehzade (Prince) Yusuf Izzeddin (fig.1), and has remained in the collection of his descendants ever since.


The present work is included in the numbered archive of the artist's work compiled by Gianni Caffiero and Ivan Samarine.

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