HERMITAGE FINE ART EMBRACES THE CONSTANT CHANGES OF THE ART MARKET
The February sales experienced a rise in worldwide online presence
* All prices include buyer’s premium
Hermitage Fine Art held its first online auctions of this year on 25th and 26th of February. The sales ranged from Russian Art & Books to Decorative objects, Jewellery, Manusctipts and Fine Art. Bidders were numerous and combative on the online platforms.
Below a selection of the highlights:
The Russian sale opened with two paintings by the leading Russian impressionist painter Konstantin Korovin (1861-1939), both sold above estimate.
A Sleigh Ride Through the Village
Sold: 16,542 €
Imperial yacht ‘POLAR STAR’ of Nicholas II of Russia.
Sold: 29,900 €
The battleship of the Imperial Russian Navy.
Sold: 36,400 €
Sold: 3,700 €
Sold: 5,500 €
Running on the Spot.
Sold: 4,000 €
Various were the artists presented in the international painting session of the Fine Art sale on Friday 26. A Windmill near Rotterdam by the French painter Albert Marie Lebourg (lot 506) made nearly 10,000€, Elie Anatole Pavil’s At the park in the rain (lot 513) made 1,100€ and the more modern Jan Balet’s In a Bus (lot 536) was sold for 6,800€.
A windmill near Rotterdam.
Sold: 10,000 €
At the park in the rain.
Sold: 1,100 €
In a bus.
Sold: 6,800 €
In the painting section, this Bolognese School Holy Family with the Infant Saint John the Baptist fetched 5,400€.
Between the 16th and 17th centuries, Italy witnessed the flourishing painting art of the School of Bologna. Pioneered by the Carracci family, this school merged together the solidity of High Renaissance painting and the rich colours of the Venetian school. This painting shows a grouping of four figures, the Virgin Mary with the Christ child, the infant John the Baptist on their right and Joseph on the left. Mary holds the child while the infant Joseph, wrapped in animal skin, gazes at her holding a wooden cross. It was not uncommon to see John as a small boy depicted in adoration of the Christ child during the Holy Family’s journey back from Egypt.
The Holy Family with the Infant Saint John the Baptist.
Sold: 5,400 €
Sold: 2,394 € ABOVE ESTIMATE
Sold: 780 € ABOVE ESTIMAT
Sold: 598 € ABOVE ESTIMATE
Sold: 1,202 € ABOVE ESTIMATE
Sold: 493 € ABOVE ESTIMATE
Sold: 1,068 € ABOVE ESTIMATE
Among silver and decorative objects of the Russian sale on Thursday 25th, worth mentioning are this outstanding empire style bronze and malachite mantel clock from the Imperial Lapidary factory of Peterhof, early XIX century (lot 159) sold for 9,100€, a silver chocolate pot from the XVIII century (lot 117) sold for 2,300€ and silver tureen from XVIII century sold also above estimate for 3,774€. Among highlights of the second day of the auction was an exceptional XX century sterling silver Hanukkah lamp (lot 608) which made a total of 9,350€!
The results of the manuscripts sale were outstanding. In the era of digitalization, it seems that printed publications and manuscripts are becoming more appealing to our buyers! Here is a selection of the rarest artefacts sold:
Lot 913: The Equilibriad by Sansom William and illustrations by Lucian Freud, 1948 – 9,100€.
Lot 850: An autograph letter signed by the famous writer Arthur Conan Doyle – sold above estimate for 3,100€
Lot 867: A portrait photograph signed by Carl Gustav Jung – 3,800€
Lot 876: An autographed photograph of Benito Mussolini, taken by the famous photographer Ghitta Carell – 5,900€
Lot 904: «Dalí al desnudo» by Manuel del Arco, edit. José Janés: Barcelona, 1952. – 3,200€
Lots 918 and 919: Two 2-dollars bills signed by Andy Warhol – total 2,100€ above estimate
The Russian books auction witnessed a bidding battle for lot 226, the archive of the Russian Imperial Army Officer N.N. Khaletsky, which raised the estimate from 100€ up to a selling price of 3,200€!