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Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky

Steamboat on a Moonlit Night

Property from a Private Collection

Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky

Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky

Steamboat on a Moonlit Night

Steamboat on a Moonlit Night

Property from a Private Collection

Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky

1817 - 1900

Steamboat on a Moonlit Night


signed in Cyrillic and dated 1884 l.l.

oil on canvas

Canvas: 25 by 37cm, 9¾ by 14½in.

Framed: 51 by 62cm, 20 by 24½in.


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

The canvas has been lined and the original tacking edges have been cut. The paint surface appears flat. There are frame abrasions along all four edges and craquelure throughout. Areas of retouching are visible to the naked eye, most noticeably in the sky in the upper right just below the top edge; above the sail on the horizon; and near the centre of the right edge. Inspection under UV reveals the aforementioned areas of retouching, a further area of retouching to the water above the signature, inpainting to the craquelure notably above the steamboat, and minor scattered retouching elsewhere. The varnish has discoloured and there is a light layer of surface dirt. Framed.


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In the same family since circa 1970

This animated night scene is offered in its original frame manufactured by Sweikowsky in St Petersburg.