Oil on canvas, signed lower left. Three-masted ship flying Finnish, American, and Croatian flags, gilt framed.

  • Formerly hanging in the office of Morton May of May Company, located in the historic Railway Exchange Building, 11th floor Executive Offices.

    Morton David May (25 March 1914 – 13 April 1983) (known as Buster to his friends and colleagues) was an American philanthropist from the founding family of May Department Stores, where he served as CEO from 1957 to 1968. A well-known collector, May was known as the first patron of Ernest Trova and contributed over 5,500 works to the St. Louis Art Museum.
  • Dimensions:
  • Stretcher: 24 x 36 in. (61 x 91.4 cm.), frame: 33.4 x 45 1/4 in. (84.8 x 114.9 cm.)
  • Condition:
  • It seems to have been relined. The condition seems to be good with a couple minor issues. There looks to be a very light vertical line to the right side of the painting and there is an image of it online that can be seen in the 7th image. It seems to fade as the line goes up, and appears to be all on the surface, and possibly something that may have dripped on the painting surface. This does not seem serious. And there is a small ‘spec' or paint loss against the very left side of the painting at the frame located just above and to the left of the signature.

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