Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Sotheby's announces Russian art sales for London

The art auction house Sotheby's has announced the dates of its forthcoming Russian art sales. The four sales will take place during 28-30 November, 2011 in London: 

Important Russian Art- November 28th 7pm
Highlights from the 19th century include an large moonlit view of St Petersburg by Alexei Bogoliubov at £400,000-600,000, a charming view of haystacks by Shishkin from a Danish private collection at £250,000-350,000 and one of the finest boyarina portraits by Konstantin Makovsky to be sold in recent years valued at £150,000 – 250,000. The early 20th century is represented by a rare 1914 work by Nikolai Roerich at £400,000-600,000, and a 1916 still life of Tatar artefacts by Petr Konchalovsky formerly in the collection of the art historian Waldemar George estimated at £500,000-700,000. Other high-calibre paintings are by Nikolai Tarkhoff, Sergei Vinogradov, Konstantin Gorbatov, Dmitry Stelletsky and Mstislav Dobuzhinsky among others.

Russian Paintings- November 29th 10.30am
This day sale will feature fine and decorative paintings from the 18th to the 20th century and will include a section dedicated to the work of Non-conformist and Contemporary Russian artists. 

An important collection of works by Alexandre Benois- November 29th 2pm
This private collection of watercolours by Alexander Benois includes set and costume designs from productions such as Petrushka, The Nightingale and Sleeping Beauty, charming family portraits, rare views of St. Petersburg, Versailles and Venice, which will be offered alongside Benois’ letters and sketchbooks. The artist’s extensive annotations provide an extraordinary insight into the life of one of Russia’s most famous watercolourists and the appearance of this extraordinary collection on the market is an important addition to scholarship on the artist.

Russian works of art, Fabergé and Icons- November 30th 10.30am
Highlights will include a Fabergé jewelled gold, enamel and agate box executed in 18th century Parisian taste, property from a private Far Eastern collector estimated at £40-60,000.
It will also include a charming Fabergé silver-mounted clay brick match holder at £20-30,000.
Amongst porcelain, enamelled and silver objects, we will also be offering a wide choice of bronzes including portraits of Tsar Nicholas II and Alexandra Feodorovna.
The Orthodox world will be represented by highly decorative icons made of silver-gilt and cloisonné enamel as well as earlier Russian icons dated to the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.

For further information on the sales see the Sotheby's website:

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