Pass of Balmaha, renamed Walter, On December 21, 1916 she sailed as Seeadler under command of Kapitanleutnant Felix von Luckner
Dear Mr. Gregory,
Searching for information about thr ship depicted on the painting I have, I came upon Your site and details about the Seeadler. The painting is an original from Christopher Rave, signed by him, and is in my family for at least 70 years. The painting has quite a story:
We lived in Berlin - Germany, and in 1940/41 the air raids of the allies started, and my parents hid the painting together with another, from another German painter - Schlichting - on a farm in the contryside, where it was improbable that the bombs would fall.
My mother and I fled from Berlin in march of 1945, to the West - and after the war my mother managed to take the paintings out of the Soviet sector to West Germany where we now were living.
The size of the painting is L 58"x H 34", still in it's original frame. Comparing the vessel of the painting with the photo of the "Pass of Balmaha", one notices that the rigging is practically identical, and the form of the hull also matches. I would appreciate to hear Your comment about this. I am sending a copy of the painting.
Thank you for your mail, an interesting story about your painting.
Of course Christopher Rave who signed his work Chr Rave was a German Painter who lived from 1880 to 1933.
He was quite prolific producing some 300 works on the history of Navigation, as well as his other marine works.
In 1912/1913 he was the artist, photographer/ camerman for a German Arctic expedition.
In fact, I have not ever seen a copy of your actual painting before.
Are you absolutely sure that you have an original and not a print? so many prints of Seeadler in full cry are around, and many people have written to me from around the world believing they own the original.
Perhaps you should send off to an art house in both New York and London, a good photo of your work, with another one concentrating on the signature, to seek an appraisal.
Here are some random notes about Pass of Balmaha, that may be of interest to you.
Again my thanks for taking the time and trouble to reach me.