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Alexei Kondratievich Savrasov

The Volga near Yurevets

UK: Greenford Park Warehouse

Estimate:

800,000 to - 1,200,000 GBP

Alexei Kondratievich Savrasov

Alexei Kondratievich Savrasov

The Volga near Yurevets

The Volga near Yurevets

Estimate:

800,000 to - 1,200,000 GBP

Lot sold:

983,000

GBP

Alexei Kondratievich Savrasov

1830 - 1897

The Volga near Yurevets


signed in Cyrillic and dated 1870 on the anchor l.m. and bearing a symbol l.r.

oil on canvas

Canvas: 126.5 by 207cm, 49¾ by 81½in.

Framed: 148 by 229.5cm, 58¼ by 90¼in.

The following condition report is provided by Hamish Dewar who is an external specialist and not an employee of Sotheby's:


Structural Condition

The canvas appears to be lined with an old lining canvas acting as a loose unattached dust canvas on the reverse. This is providing an even and stable structural support.


Paint Surface

The paint surface has a relatively uneven varnish layer. There are some very fine lines of craquelure most notably within the impastoed pale pigments of the sky and below the figures in the foreground. These appear stable and are not visually distracting. There are a few very small paint losses within the craquelure below the figures and a few further small losses in the lower right. These appear stable at present. Inspection under ultra-violet light shows scattered retouchings throughout the composition, the most significant of which are: 1) a vertical line with associated retouchings on the left side of the composition running from above the horizon to below the figures, 2) scattered retouchings throughout the sky including around the clouds, along the upper edge and just above the horizon on the right side of the composition, 3) small retouchings within the cliffs on the right side of the composition and a vertical line running from the cliffs through the water on the right side of the composition, and 4) other scattered retouchings within the foreground and above the lower edge. There are other areas of pale fluorescence within the composition which may be previous restoration.


Summary

The painting would therefore appear to be in good and stable condition.


"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."

Collection of V.F. Mering, Kiev

Collection of V.I. Karzinkin, Moscow

Private collection, France

The Eleventh Report of the Committee of the Society of Art Lovers, Moscow: Gotie, 1872, mentioned on p.5

N.Novouspensky, A.K. Savrasov, Leningrad and Moscow: Iskusstvo, 1967, p.118 listed under works from 1871

F.Maltseva, A.K. Savrasov, Moscow: Iskusstvo, 1977, p.111 illustrated b/w; p.298 listed under works from 1871

V.Petrov (ed.), Savrasov, Moscow: Belyi gorod, 2000, p.18 illustrated b/w

L.Iovleva (ed.), A.K. Savrasov, Moscow: Skanrus, 2005, p.30 illustrated b/w; p.241, no.51 listed 

Moscow, Exhibition of the Moscow Society of Art Lovers, 1871