Charming antique German genre oil on canvas painting of a sailing exam entitled The Pilot Exam ( Das Lotsen-Examen ). It depicts an interior scene where a sailor wearing a red cap points to the sails on a small ship model while questioning a nervous student. A globe sits on a high shelf behind the examiner, an old man is seated on the far left smoking a pipe and a young man wearing a straw hat sits on the far right, perhaps waiting his turn to take the test. In the shadows an older man stands, his hands in front of his face as if praying that the student comes up with the right answer. An old, handwritten label in script is pasted to the back of the stretcher and appears to read as follows (see close-up photo for details):
34 Das Piloten Examen Jordan Grand NC II
Rudolf Jordan (born 1810 in Berlin - died 1887 in Dusseldorf) was a German Dusseldorf School genre painter known for his depictions of life in the North Sea coast, particularly Heligoland. Jordan designed variations of the Das Lotsen-Examen image as early as 1839 in the form of drawings and etchings. An 1851 etching of The Pilot's Exam is part of the British Museum's collection. It comes ready to display in a gilt wood frame. In very good used condition, original canvas (see reverse), has never been relined, with crazing characteristic of old paintings, small patches and minor imperfections as shown. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: Frame: 16 1/4" by 14 1/8"; Stretcher: 12 5/8" by 10 1/2" (32 cm by 26.6 cm) approximately.