RUSSIAN ART AUCTION - November 21, beginning at 11.00Catalogue PDFRussian Fine Art
The auction catalogue of Russian art contains more than 500 art items and includes paintings and graphic works, engravings and placards, ancient books, items of decorative and craft art, silver and porcelain.
The auction will take place on November 21, beginning at 11.00 in the Meridian hotel, Monte Carlo.
Sea moonscape by Ivan Aivazovsky, a portrait of an elegant lady by Konstantin Makovsky, 'Gardens of Beijing' by Camille Benoit (making its first appearance at auction), 'Firebird' by Nikolas Kalmakoff, and 'Sisters of mercy' by Mikhail Klodt are the main lots of the opening section of the Russian art auction, painting.
Paintings by Nikolai Bogdanov-Belsky, Konstantin Gorbatov, Andrei Egorov, David Burliuk, Juliy Clever, Grigory Kapustin, Ivan Schultze, Dmitry Stelletsky, and ballet sketches by Lev Bakst and Mstislav Dobuzhinsky are also worthy of note, between the presented lots.Decorative art
The most important auction lot will be a large presentation silver kovsh
(Moscow, circa 1696) (Peter the Great) with the gift inscription in Russian Church Slavonic language : 'By God's mercy, the Great Sovereign, Tsar, Grand Duke Peter Alekseevich, Autocrat of All Russia, granted this ladle to the sotnik Kozma Kamenev while being in the customs in 1695, who took 104 rubles, 3 altyns, 2 dengas.'
A rich collection of silver will also be exhibited at the auction. This collection contains such significant lots as a samovar from 1827 (lot 813), wedding silver glasses from the 19th century (lot 814), a Faberge blotter 1908-1917 with a silver plate (lot 816), a silver mug with the image of the Emperor of the Russian Empire Nicholas II (lot 817), and 4 silver plates by Faberge from the private collection of Elizabeth Obolenskaya Demidova of the famous Ural Industrialists Demidov dynasty (lot 824). Rare books
Amongst the top lots of the rare books collection are:
- Pallas P. S. edition, 'Flora of Russia' from the heritage of S. M. Lifar, which describes in detail the plants of the Russian state with their images.
- 'History of the reign of Louis XIII, king of France and Navarre' by Michel Levasseur (1648?-1718) in 18-volume edition from the library of the Pavlovsk Palace.
- Rare early edition of the 'CHAMBERS OF THE ST. PETERSBURG IMPERIAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES LIBRARY AND KUNSTKAMERA'.
- Notes on the reign of Peter the Great, Emperor of Russia, Father of the Fatherland, author JEAN EN ROUSSET DE MISSY (1686-1762). From the LIBRARY of the privy councillor, senator, director of the Hermitage COUNT BUTURLIN (1763-1829).
- Colorful edition of Benois 'Tsarskoye Selo in the reign of Empress Elizabeth' with heliogravures by Dobuzhinsky, Lanceret, Mitrokhin, Somov. The eight-year work of Alexander Benoit, timed to the bicentennial of Tsarskoye Selo, a bibliographic rarity once being published. Autographs
Amongst the highlights:
- D. I. Mendeleev handwritten letter addressed to the Director of the Public library Afanasii Fedorovich Bychkov (1818-1899) with a request to hire a son of his familiar person. - Autographs and handwritten letters of General Wrangel, Valery Bryusov, Anna Akhmatova, Maxim Gorky, Konstantin Balmont, Alexander Kuprin, Felix Yusupov. Photographs
The works of the 'Kremlin photographer', the most important photographer of the first half of the twentieth century, Moses Nappelbaum, will certainly be in the spotlight for true collectors of photography.
To honour the 150th anniversary of the birth of the 'Master of the photo portrait' Hermitage Fine Art will present for auction photos of the composer Sergei Prokofiev, Dmitry Shostakovich and the most famous photo of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. It was Nappelbaum who in 1918 created the very first portrait of Lenin in history. It became the favorite photograph of the leader. The portrait was printed in millions of copies and distributed throughout the Soviet Union. Moses Nappelbaum invented his own creative manner of making a studio portrait, creating light spots on the film negatives to add a special effect to his composition.