The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Saturday, November 22, 2014


Sales of Russian Art at Sotheby's Total $14.4 Million, Important Russian Enamels and Fabergé Sold
People stand near the Alexei Bogoliubov painting 'On the Eve of the Celebration, Santa Maria della Salute, Venice'. EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY.
NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s autumn 2010 auctions of Russian Art in New York brought a total of $14,397,064. The day began with an inaugural sale of Important Russian Paintings that achieved $10.6 million and set several new auction records. The highlight of the sale was a monumental canvas by the Socialist Realist painter Yuri Pimenov that sold for $1,538,500, more than double the high estimate and a record
for the artist at auction. The paintings auction was followed by a sale of Important Russian Enamels and Fabergé from a New York Private Collection that brought $3.8 million, led by a Fine and Massive Russian Gilded Silver and Shaded Enamel Large Wedding Kovsh, retailed by Ovchinnikov, Moscow, circa 1900 that sold for $518,500, well above the presale estimate (est. $200/300,000).

Important Russian Art
The sale of Important Russian Art brought a total of $10,586,500, within the presale estimate of $8.7/12.6 million. Competition was fierce for many of the top lots, with multiple bidders participating. This resulted in more than 95% of the sold lots achieving prices at or above their pre-sale estimates.

Discussing the sale, Sonya Bekkerman, Head of Russian Paintings at Sotheby’s New York, said: “We are very encouraged by the positive reaction to the numerous opportunities presented in today’s sale, which was reflected in the depth of bidding on many of our record-breaking works. We were thrilled to be offering our sale of Important Russian Art alongside the major sales of Impressionist and Modern Art, and delighted to see some of those same clients bidding today.”

In addition to Pimenov, a new auction record was set for Aleksey Kravchenko when his Indian Fairytale sold for $1,482,500. The iconic masterpiece was completed after the artist’s return from a voyage to India and Sri Lanka in 1913, and stands as the most important work by the artist ever to appear at auction. One of the most exciting moments in today’s sale was when Victor Efimovich Popkov’s A Family in July came onto the auction block (est. $200/300,000). As soon as the auctioneer opened the bidding, four different clients entered the fray. Eventually, it came down to a battle between two determined telephone bidders–one of whom jumped the increments from $470,000 to $600,000 in an effort to dissuade their competitor. The tactic worked, and that bidder finally won the painting for a remarkable $872,500, a new record for the artist at auction.

Following the success of the Collection of Ruth Ford & Charles Henri Ford in Sotheby’s April 2010 sale of Russian Art in New York, which saw a new auction record for Pavel Tchelitchew, Sotheby’s was privileged to offer further works from the distinguished collection in today’s sale. Bidding was once again furious for the Tchelitchews, driving many prices to multiples of their high estimates. Leading the group was a Portrait of Charles Henri Ford with Pitcher from 1933, executed two years after Ford and Tchelitchew first met in Paris, which sold for $374,500 (est. $150/200,000). Black Grapes, a charming still life by the artist, brought a remarkable $242,500, more than four times the high estimate of $60,000.

In addition to the works from the Ford Collection, another offering from an important private collection also inspired competition. A group of exquisite paintings from the Collection of Gordon P. Getty was highlighted by Konstantin Yuon’s Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra in Winter, which sold for $872,500, more than double the high estimate of $350,000.

Other highlights from this morning’s sale included Alexandre Iacovleff’s Un Groupe de Lamas, a monumental work representing a group of lamas at Pei Ling Miao lamasery, which the artist encountered during the second of the Citroën expeditions, La Croisière Jaune in 1932, which sold for $782,500 (est. $500/700,000); Nicholas Roerich’s The Song of the Waterfall, which was sought-after by four different bidders and sold for $386,500 (est. $120/180,000); and David Burliuk’s lyrical Japan and America which brought $374,500, well above the presale high estimate of $200,000.

Important Russian Enamels and Fabergé from a New York Private Collection
The single-owner sale of Important Russian Enamels and Fabergé from a New York Private Collection achieved $3,810,564, well in excess of the presale estimate of $1.7/2.5 million, and saw spirited bidding in the room, by phone and online. The sale was 97.7% sold by value and 90.4% by lot, a reflection of both the rarity and quality of the works on offer.

Karen Kettering and Gerard Hill, experts in Sotheby’s Russian Works of Art Department, commented: “Today we saw remarkable results for both the enamels and Fabergé on offer, which reflect the high quality of objects from both categories represented by this wonderful collection. The works were fresh to the market and assembled with a high level of connoisseurship that reflect the discerning eye of their collectors. Our top pieces were dispersed among buyers from Russian, Europe and America, and we are especially encouraged by the number of works that sold for multiples of their high estimates. The sale benefitted from the large volume of clients visiting the building during the week of our Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale, many of whom visited the exhibition.”

The top lot of the sale was A Fine and Massive Russian Gilded Silver and Shaded Enamel Large Wedding Kovsh, retailed by Ovchinnikov, Moscow, circa 1900, which sold for $518,500 against a high estimate of $300,000. The magnificent and rare kovsh by Feodor Rückert saw lively bidding both on the phones and in the room, with the eventual buyer entering the competition at $320,000. Several other important kovshs performed extremely well: A Russian Gilded Silver and Shaded Enamel Pictorial Kovsh, Moscow, circa 1900, another rare kovsh by Rückert, nearly tripled its high estimate to sell for $254,500, while A Rare Fabergé Gilded Silver and Matt Enamel Bird-Shaped Kovsh, Moscow, circa 1900 more than tripled its high estimate to sell for $242,500.

Fierce competition between three bidders in the auction room drove A Russian Gilded Silver and Enamel Icon Triptych to sell for $158,500, more than triple its high estimate. Of the wonderful and unique collection of parasol and cane handles, A Fabergé Imperial Purpurine, Gold and Enamel Parasol Handle was the top performer, soaring more than six times past its high estimate to achieve $134,500. The work was originally purchased by Empress Alexandra Fedorovna in 1896 and features a finial made of purpurine, a matt red glass which is extremely difficult to produce.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium

Sotheby's | Russian Art | Sonya Bekkerman |




Last Week News

November 6, 2010

Museum Folkwang Opens Three Exhibitions Featuring Photographs, Drawings and Posters

First Week of Excavation Reveals Exceptionally-Preserved Ice Age Ecosystem

Chinese Avant-Garde Artist Ai Weiwei Under House Arrest, Not Allowed to Travel to Shanghai

New Paintings by Colorado-Born Artist John Currin Presented at Gagosian Gallery

ARTISSIMA 17: The International Fair of Contemporary Art in Turin Introduces a Host of New Features

The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston Announces Two New Curatorial Appointments

Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin Presents a Unique Project by Carsten Höller: SOMA

Exhibition Explores the Fascinating World of Contemporary Canadian Art at the National Gallery of Canada

The Robert Devereux Collection of Post-War British Art Totals $7.6 Million at Sotheby's

Sprüth Magers Present "Recalling Frames", an Exhibition of New Work by David Maljkovic

SFMOMA Appoints Robert W. Lasher as New Deputy Museum Director, External Relations

New National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia Celebrates Jewish Life

Model of Former Nazi Castle Headed to the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

150 Years Ago, Lincoln's Election Set March to War

German Artist Hans-Peter Feldmann Named Winner of Eighth Biennial Hugo Boss Prize

Bonhams to Sell Portrait of Napoleon by His Valet and Friend

My Father's House: The Architecture of Cultural Heritage at the Brunei Gallery

Army Colonel's Collection Led by Exceptional Chinese Jade Design of Cabbage and Crickets

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Gives $50 Million in Grants to the Smithsonian Institution

November 5, 2010

The Prado Offers a Clear Appreciation of the Evolution of Rubens’ Style in New Exhibition

ARTISSIMA 17: The International Fair of Contemporary Art in Turin Introduces a Host of New Features

The Robert Devereux Collection of Post-War British Art Totals $7.6 Million at Sotheby's

Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin Presents a Unique Project by Carsten Höller: SOMA

Exhibition Explores the Fascinating World of Contemporary Canadian Art at the National Gallery of Canada

German Artist Hans-Peter Feldmann Named Winner of Eighth Biennial Hugo Boss Prize

Sprüth Magers Present "Recalling Frames", an Exhibition of New Work by David Maljkovic

19th Century Masterpiece by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema Brings a Record $35.9 Million at Sotheby's

Sub Aquatic Archaeologists Discover Four Complete Skulls of Extinct Animals in a Cenote

Art Gallery of New South Wales Announces that Suzanne Archer Wins the 2010 Dobell Prize for Drawing

SFMOMA Appoints Robert W. Lasher as New Deputy Museum Director, External Relations

New National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia Celebrates Jewish Life

Model of Former Nazi Castle Headed to the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

MoMA to Celebrate Master Filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci with a Complete Retrospective of His Cinematic Career

John Singer Sargent Exhibition at Adelson Galleries Explores Impressionist Period

Dates Announced for First Ever Exhibition of Internationally Renowned Artist Anish Kapoor in India

The Power of the Muse in Photography: Glamorous, Beautiful & Famous Faces

Egypt: Archaeologists Unearth 3,400 Pharaoh Statue

Historic Mirrors from Setting of Brideshead Revisited, Castle Howard, Make £120,000 at Bonhams

Memories of Yorkshire on Walls of James Mason's Swiss Home for Sale at Bonhams

Art World Gathers in Abu Dhabi for the Opening of the Second Edition Abu Dhabi Art 2010

London's Iconic Canary Wharf Has Scooped a Prestigious International Award for Its Public Art Programme

Art Gallery of Ontario Announces Toronto-Based Artist Kristan Horton Wins $50,000 Grange Prize

Rare Mary Cassatt Painting on View at the Mint Museum Randolph Due to Long-Term Loan

Artists and Fashion Icons will Gather in New York to Honor the Winner of the Hugo Boss Prize

Ruling Says Fisk can Sell Part of Art Collection

Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida Receives Major Gifts and Support in Honor of Its 20th Anniversary

November 4, 2010

Made in Holland: Old Masters from a Private Collection in America at the Mauritshuis

Henri Matisse Nude Bronze Sells for $48.8 Million at Christie's New York Auction

Egon Schiele Painting 'Procession' for Sale at Im Kinsky Kunst Auktionen in Vienna

Important Exhibition of the Work of Pierre-Auguste Renoir at Hammer Galleries in New York

Art Gallery of Ontario Announces Toronto-Based Artist Kristan Horton Wins $50,000 Grange Prize

Artists and Fashion Icons will Gather in New York to Honor the Winner of the Hugo Boss Prize

Rare Mary Cassatt Painting on View at the Mint Museum Randolph Due to Long-Term Loan

London's Iconic Canary Wharf Has Scooped a Prestigious International Award for Its Public Art Programme

Art World Gathers in Abu Dhabi for the Opening of the Second Edition Abu Dhabi Art 2010

Memories of Yorkshire on Walls of James Masons Swiss Home for Sale at Bonhams

John Singer Sargent Exhibition at Adelson Galleries Explores Impressionist Period

MoMA to Celebrate Master Filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci with a Complete Retrospective of His Cinematic Career

Dates Announced for First Ever Exhibition of Internationally Renowned Artist Anish Kapoor in India

The Power of the Muse in Photography: Glamorous, Beautiful & Famous Faces

Large Solo Exhibition Dedicated to the Work of Yves Netzhammer at Kunstmuseum Bern

One of the Most Important Works of American Furniture to Come to Auction will Be Offered by Sotheby's

Cantor Arts Center Exhibition Features Chiaroscuro Technique: A First for Reproducing Color Images

The Strange Life of Objects: The Art of Annette Lemieux at the Krannert Art Museum

Daniel Hesidence's Work Occupies the Entire Gallery Space at D'Amelio Terras

Painting by David Wilkie, A Favorite of King George IV, Acquired by the Huntington Library

Eloquent Presentation of New Work by the Renowned Belgian Painter Luc Tuymans

Britain Halts Export of $48 Million Turner Painting "Modern Rome - Campo Vaccino"

Poster Auctions International Announces Sale of Important and Rare Posters

1960s Mini Coopers Temporarily Trade Places with the Lord Mayor's State Coach

The Most Important Depiction of Henry VIII's "Lost" Palace to Be Offered at Christie's

Sotheby's London November Sale of Scandinavian Art to Include Major Works by Leading Artists

Contemporary Artists Examine the Use and Role of Destruction in Contemporary Art

Karl Chiao Named as Trusts & Estates Representative at Heritage Auctions

Egypt: Archaeologists Unearth 3,400 Pharaoh Statue

V&A at Dundee: Design Competition Winner Announced

November 3, 2010

Strong Sale of Impressionist and Modern Art at Sotheby's Brings $227.6 Million

The Giacometti Variations, an Original Project by John Baldessari, at the Prada Foundation

Exhibition at the British Museum Brings Ancient Book of the Dead to Life

Memorabilia Relating to Darth Vader, Marilyn Monroe, James Bond, Tommy Cooper, King Kong and More on Sale

Contemporary Artists Examine the Use and Role of Destruction in Contemporary Art

The Most Important Depiction of Henry VIII's "Lost" Palace to Be Offered at Christie's

Sotheby's London November Sale of Scandinavian Art to Include Major Works by Leading Artists

Cantor Arts Center Exhibition Features Chiaroscuro Technique: A First for Reproducing Color Images

The Strange Life of Objects: The Art of Annette Lemieux at the Krannert Art Museum

One of the Most Important Works of American Furniture to Come to Auction will Be Offered by Sotheby's

Poster Auctions International Announces Sale of Important and Rare Posters

Britain Halts Export of $48 Million Turner Painting "Modern Rome - Campo Vaccino"

Eloquent Presentation of New Work by the Renowned Belgian Painter Luc Tuymans

First New York City Museum Exhibition in All Media at American Folk Art Museum

Fifth Annual New York Art Book Fair Offers the Best in Contemporary Art-Book Publishing

A Selection of Works from the 1960s and 70s by American Artist Michael Heizer at David Zwirner

The Remarkable Journey of the Stansted Park Suite to be Offered at Christie's in New York

The Art Auction at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Raises $2.8 Million

MoMA to Present the Most Extensive Exhibition of Weimar Cinema Ever Mounted in the U.S.

Image Used in Classic British Anti-War Film for Sale at Bonhams

Wallpapers by Contemporary Artists and Designers at Musée de design et d'arts appliqués contemporains

Portraits of First World War Veterans Presented to The Queen Go on Display at Windsor Castle

Sir Norman Foster Designs Bodegas Portia: A New Winery for the Faustino Group

Christie's Presents Rare and Exceptional Works from Its Classical and Modern Chinese Paintings Sale

Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin's Premier Contemporary Art Center, Reopened to the Public

November 2, 2010

New Collectors from Russia, India, China and Hong Kong Invigorating Art Auctions

Exhibition of Matisse Drawings and Prints on View at NYU's Maison Française

Philadelphia Museum of Art Presents Major Survey Devoted to Italian Artist Michelangelo Pistoletto

After a Five-Year Absence, Art Institute of Chicago Reinstalls Marc Chagall's America Windows

A Collection of New Works by Pierre Marie Brisson at Franklin Bowles Galleries

British Campaign to Restore Acclaimed Playwright Anton Chekhov House by End-Year

A New Public Gallery: The Royal Parks and the Serpentine Gallery Agree to New Venue

Relics from Admiral Byrd's Ship the City of New York to Sell at Heritage Auctions in Dallas

Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection on View in Valencia

Tel Aviv Museum's Department of Prints and Drawings Presents Cabinet Secrets: Prints by Jim Dine

Twenty Human Skeletons and Fragments of Colonial Ceramic Found by INAH Archaeologists

Carsten Höller Develops New Work "Reindeer Red-Green" for Ernst Schering Foundation

Priska C. Juschka Fine Art Opens Nicky Nodjoumi's Second Solo Show at the Gallery

The World's First Production Motorcycle to Headline Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction

Frick Art & Historical Center Appoints Two to Management Team

UBC Museum of Anthropology Receives $1 Million Gift from O'Brian Family Foundation

Tyler Museum of Art Announces Largest Single Gift in Museums History

November 1, 2010

Fortnight of Sales at Christie's Expected to Yield a Combined Total in Excess of $500 Million

The Pre-Raphaelite Lens: British Photography and Painting, 1848-1875 at the National Gallery of Art

Shanghai World Expo Ends; Drew 72 Million Visitors; China's Biggest Tourism Event Ever

Pioneering Painters: The Glasgow Boys 1880-1900 at the Royal Academy of Arts

School of Paris Leads Bi-Coastal Sale of Modern and Contemporary Arts at Bonhams

Recently Created Body of Work Titled "Year Two" by Fabian Miller at Danziger Projects

LACMA Presents Most Comprehensive U.S. Retrospective of Photographer William Eggleston

A New Public Gallery: The Royal Parks and the Serpentine Gallery Agree to New Venue

Relics from Admiral Byrd's Ship the City of New York to Sell at Heritage Auctions in Dallas

Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection on View in Valencia

Tel Aviv Museum's Department of Prints and Drawings Presents Cabinet Secrets: Prints by Jim Dine

Twenty Human Skeletons and Fragments of Colonial Ceramic Found by INAH Archaeologists

Carsten Höller Develops New Work "Reindeer Red-Green" for Ernst Schering Foundation

Old Master, Modern & Contemporary Prints Sell Strong at Bonhams & Butterfields' October Auction

LACMA Debuts the First North American Retrospective of German Artist Blinky Palermo

Legacy is Foundation of Pennsylvania & American Auction at Freeman's

Hereford Photography Festival 2010 Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Westphalian Expressionism Subject of Exhibition that Opened Today at Kunsthalle Bielefeld

Vancouver Art Gallery Launches Landmark Retrospective of American Photographer Robert Adams

Tales of Katrina Told through Museum Exhibition at the Louisiana State Museum

dOCUMENTA (13) Announces Curatorial Team and Process for 100 Day Event in 2012

The Katonah Museum of Art Presents Mapping: Memory and Motion in Contemporary Art

Major Exhibition Curated by Snøhetta Architects Presents New Nordic Art and Design

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Most expensive photograph by David Wojnarowicz sold at Bonhams New York

2.- The Vatican's Sistine Chapel dazzles thanks to a revolutionary new lighting system

3.- Alberto Giacometti's 1950 bronze sculpture 'Chariot' sells for $101m at Sotheby's New York

4.- Christie's to offer 21 seminal works from Cindy Sherman's Untitled Film Stills series

5.- Alberto Giacometti sculpture set to fetch $100 million at Sotheby's New York auction

6.- Archaeologist Daniele Manacorda's proposal to restore Colosseum's area sparks Italy debate

7.- Exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and National Gallery of Art honor El Greco

8.- Solo exhibition of the work of Spanish painter Antonio Cazorla opens at Bernarducci Meisel Gallery

9.- Paris' Museum of Modern Art opens exhibition of the work of Sonia Delaunay

10.- 'Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age' opens at the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest

Related Stories



Important Judaica and Israeli & international art bring a combined $7.9 million at Sotheby's New York

Sotheby's New York to offer The Andy Williams Collection of Navajo blankets in May 2012

Buhl Collection brings $12.3M - Highest ever total for a private collection of photos sold at auction

'Casablanca' piano sells in NY for more than $600K

No bidder found for letters by 'Peanuts' creator

Sotheby's names President and CEO William F. Ruprecht as Chairman of the Board of Directors

Sotheby's announces first ever selling exhibition of contemporary art from central Asia and the Caucasus

Mick Jagger love letters written to American singer Marsha Hunt sold at London auction

House of Illustration raises 68,750 in "What are they like?" Celebrity Auction at Sotheby's London

Swiss contemporary art generates enthusiasm among collectors at Sotheby's



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site