The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Tuesday, July 23, 2019

An Avant-Garde masterpiece by Aristarkh Lentulov leads the Sale of Important Russian Art at Christie's
Apollinarii Vasnetsov (1856-1933), Village in the Ural mountains, signed in Cyrillic and dated ‘Apollinarii Vasnetsov 1907’ (lower left), oil on canvas, 56¼ x 82 in. (143 x 208 cm.). Estimate: £600,000-800,000. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2013.

LONDON.- Christie’s announced its sale of Important Russian Art, taking place on 25 November, which will feature 325 impressive works of art. The sale is led by important pictures ranging from monumental views of the Russian landscape to exquisite early 20th century works on paper by artists such as Zinaida Serebriakova, Alexandre Benois and Sergei Chekhonin. It is further highlighted by over 45 works by Fabergé, including important pieces from the Estate of His Royal Highness the Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester KG., KT., KP.; pieces of significant 18th century Russian silver, and a rare selection of porcelain, including exceptional military plaques.

Appearing on the open market for the first time in history, Aristarkh Lentulov’s vibrant and compelling 1916 canvas is one of the most important paintings by this Avant-Garde master ever to appear at auction. Exhibited with the Jack of Diamonds the year of its creation, Church in Alupka was formerly held in the eminent collection of Vladimir Semenov (estimate £1,800,000-2,200,000). Church in Alupka, which depicts the Church of the Holy Archangel Michael in the Crimea, is a strikingly modern interpretation of a traditional architectural form, reflecting Avant-Garde European painting while maintaining its distinctly Russian identity.

The November sale will also include Ilya Mashkov’s rare and important composition from 1911, The bathers (estimate: £600,000 - 800,000). Offered in the wake of the sale led by his pioneering 1910 Still life with fruit, which was sold at Christie’s on 3 June 2013 for £4.8 million and established a new world record for the artist, the appearance at auction of two major canvasses by this rare artist within such a short period is an extraordinary event in itself. Executed in the Neo-Primitive style that characterised and united the works included in the inaugural Jack of Diamonds exhibition, The bathers is a crucial example of the group’s bold canvasses that reference Russian folk-art and ancient stone sculptures.

Christie’s is also pleased to offer Apollinarii Vasnetsov’s impressive Village in the Ural mountains (estimate: £600,000-800,000), the most significant painting by the renowned landscape artist to appear at auction. Measuring 143 x 208 cm., this monumental landscape was exhibited at the 1914 Baltic Exhibition in Malmö and acquired directly from this exhibition by the grandfather of the present owner. As one of Russia's great landscape artists, nowhere is Vasnetsov’s understanding of and affection for the Motherland more evident than in his epic depictions of the Urals and Siberia, the terrain of which recall his native village Ryabovka. Discerning collectors will not want to miss the opportunity to acquire such a spectacular painting with excellent provenance.

Further highlights of the paintings section of the sale include eleven paintings from the collection of the Russian émigré Léon Garganoff, including two captivating seaside scenes by Konstantin Korovin (estimates: £120,000-180,000; Bathers on the beach) and an important early work by Abram Arkhipov To Vespers (£300,000-500,00). The auction also features Alexei Harlamoff’s exquisite Two girls arranging flowers (estimate: £400,000-600,000), pre and post-emigration works by the brilliant master of portraiture Nicolai Fechin: Little Shepherd Boy (estimate: £200,000-300,000) and Portrait of Marucia, a Russian singer (estimate: £200,000-300,000) and Natalia Goncharova’s Magnolias offered from the collection of Raymond Cogniat, the esteemed French critic and a great friend of the artist (estimate: £180,000-220,000).

Christie’s will offer a range of truly rare and exceptional Russian works of art from distinguished private collections, many of which have never appeared at auction before. With an emphasis on important and royal provenance, the sale includes an exceptional, whimsical and rare group of Fabergé from the estate of His Royal Highness the Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester K.G., K.T., K.P (lots 216-232). Carrying both Imperial and Royal provenance, this group embodies the close dynastic ties that characterised the twilight years of the glittering world of the European Ancien Régime. At the heart of this royal collection lie eight hardstone elephants, of particular note are two models of an elephant and castle, which directly relate to the Order of the Elephant, the highest order of chivalry in Denmark (estimate: £25,000-35,000 each). Rarely seen on the market, works of this quality and pedigree by Fabergé are only seen in related collections, such as that of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II.

In addition to a strong selection of works with Royal provenance, the sale also features works with notable Imperial history. Under the reign of Nicholas II, the Imperial Russian court was particularly renowned for awarding lavish gifts to Russian and foreign dignitaries, such as this presentation cigarette case, which was awarded to Captain John Nicholas, M.V.O., R.H.A. (estimate: £20,000-30,000). Appointed Superintendent of the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace in 1901, Captain Nicholas was most likely presented this cigarette case on the occasion of a State visit by Emperor Nicholas II; this vibrantly enamelled piece is an exciting Imperial presentation piece that has been in the family’s collection ever since.

The sale’s emphasis on rare and exceptional quality works by Fabergé is further highlighted by the present hardstone study of hawthorn, that traces its provenance to both American and European private collections (estimate: £150,000-250,000). Fabergé’s flower and fruit studies, of which there are approximately only eighty known surviving examples, were inspired by the opulent flowers integral to court culture and favoured by the Imperial family. Rarely seen at auction, this hawthorn study presents an exciting opportunity to acquire one of Fabergé’s important works with corollaries in the Geddings Gray Foundation and Pratt Collection bequest.

The Auction of Important Russian Art will also include a rare bronze depicting Count Sergei Iulievich Witte (1849-1915), a highly influential Russian statesman, who served under Emperors Alexander III and Nicholas II (estimate: £50,000-70,000). In 1892, Witte was appointed as Minister of Finance, an office in which he was responsible for numerous important accomplishments. The present bronze, cast in 1901, coincides with Sergei Witte's tenure as Minister of Finance. Casts of this model are exceedingly rare and, consequently, seldom appear on the market. Christie’s are pleased to offer such a remarkable and historic piece, which has descended directly through the Troubetzkoy family.

The sale also includes a selection of the most important works executed by the Imperial Porcelain Factory and other major private porcelain factories from the period of Empress Catherine II to the Soviet Era (lots 280-331, 333-334). Highlighting the group is a comprehensive and rare group of porcelain depicting Russian regiments and military scenes, including extraordinarily rare porcelain plaques (estimate: £40,000-50,000 each). Executed during the reign of Nicholas I and included in the seminal Exposition de Cèramiques Russes Anciennes in 1929, these plaques are Imperial works of the highest quality. Alongside military porcelain, the group includes rare figures and eggs, making it the most significant selection of Russian porcelain to be seen on the market in years.

Today's News

October 29, 2013

Metropolitan Museum presents spectacular exhibition of art from Korea's Silla Kingdom

National Gallery in London to reunite Van Gogh's Sunflowers for the first time in 65 years

One of El Greco's great masterpieces, The Disrobing of Christ, enhances the Prado Museum's collection

An Avant-Garde masterpiece by Aristarkh Lentulov leads the Sale of Important Russian Art at Christie's

National Geographic 'Afghan girl' photographer Steve McCurry tells stories behind images

Sotheby's London announces Sale of Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

Exceptional works by leading masters of 19th Century European art at Sotheby's New York

Greenwich Historical Society exhibition celebrates centenary of 1913 Armory Show

From historical to fashion, important images highlight photography sale at Heritage Auctions

Winston Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms welcomes wannabe World War II spies

Wang Jianwei selected as first commissioned artist for Chinese art initiative

Nature Morte: Contemporary artists reinvigorate the still life tradition in new book

Groundbreaking Urban Contemporary Art Sale breaks records - Basquiat achieves $1 million

First exhibition in France of internationally renowned artist Gabriel Kuri opens

Madame Wu and the Mill from Hell: Thomas Demand and Adam Caruso open study-exhibition

My Wicked Persian Carpet: Taymour Grahne Gallery presents new works by Reza Derakshani

Smithsonian treasures tell stories of the Civil War in a new book

Frederic Remington lifetime casting The Outlaw No. 5 may bring $800,000 at Heritage Auctions

The last portrait of Samuel Taylor Coleridge for sale at Bonhams

First U.S. museum exhibition of artist Stephen Lapthisophon premieres at Dallas Museum of Art

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Original 'Star Wars' creators lift lid on special effects challenges

2.- Lost '$170 million Caravaggio' snapped up before French auction

3.- Mansell's 'Red Five' on pole for Bonhams sale

4.- Impressionism's 'forgotten woman' shines in new Paris show

5.- Sotheby's to auction the best-surviving NASA videotape recordings of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

6.- Exhibition explores Dutch and Spanish painting of the 16th and 17th centuries

7.- Cyprus discovers 'first undisturbed Roman shipwreck'

8.- Sotheby's unveils 'Treasures from Chatsworth' with Leonardo Da Vinci drawing, Lucian Freud portraits, and more

9.- Infamous botched art restoration in Spain gets makeover

10.- 1958 Gibson Flying V Korina played by Dave Davies to grab center stage in Heritage Auctions' sale

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, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful