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ROZHDESTVENSKY MASTERPIECE OFFERED AT BONHAMS RUSSIAN SALE 28 NOVEMBER 2018


On November 28th, 2018 Bonhams is hosting their next Russian Sale in London.

Vasily Rozhdestvensky (1884-1963), “Still life with a clay jug”, 1921.
Vasily Rozhdestvensky (1884-1963),
“Still life with a clay jug”, 1921.
Oil on canvas. 83х66 cm.
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The top lot at Bonhams Russian Sale is Vasily Rozhdestvensky’s “Still life with a clay jug” (estimated at £150,000-200,000). Rozhdestvensky's still lifes are admired by both collectors and art historians. The artist maintains a remarkable sensitivity to colour and distinctive dynamism in his compositions as demonstrated in “Still life with a clay jug”, in which Rozhdestvensky has applied a range of cool hues chosen for the background to contrast with the warm brown of the table with the red jug. The painting is not dominated by one overall colour but instead is a rhythmic interaction of colours. Rozhdestvensky's mission to bring enthusiasm to everyday items is met in this work.

“Still life with a clay jug “was created in 1921, an important transitional period for Rozhdestvensky. "The conflict, the contradiction between the abstract truths of left [wing] art and the [artist's] natural perception of an object and the love of nature", - maintains Vladimir Petrov, - "found peace during this period of the artist's career [and] was related to his stay in Vyshnevolotsky Uezd of the Tver Province, - first, in 1919, on a holiday, and later as the head of the branch of the Free Workshops which opened in 1920 on the basis of an art school for local children" (V. Petrov, "Vasily V. Rozhdestvensky," Antikvarnoe Obozrenie, no. 1, 2005, p. 41). However, it was not only the closeness of nature that had an important influence on the artist; in the same year, Rozhdestvensky met the niece of Vitold Byalynitsky-Birulia, Natalia, who soon became his wife. It is at this time that the palette of Rozhdestvensky's painting softens, his hues become less provincial and the vibrant colour of his paintings reaches a new organic balance.

A rare and highly important silver-gilt and shaded enamel tray for calling cards attributed to Fedor Rückert. Moscow, circa 1900.
A rare and highly important silver-gilt and shaded enamel tray for calling cards attributed to Fedor Rückert.
Moscow, circa 1900.
43х23 cm.
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Also offered at the sale is a rare and highly important silver gilt and shaded enamel tray for calling cards attributed to Fedor Rückert, with a stamp of the retailer Kurlyukov, Moscow, c. 1900. Estimated at £200,000-300,000. The piece depicts an intricately executed scene of “A Boyar Wedding Feast”, after Konstantin Makovsky's 1883 masterpiece, a painting which Alexander III was keen to acquire in 1885. The popular society painting is reimagined on a calling card tray and is rendered in shaded and painted enamel within fine twisted wires, with gold foil underneath translucent colours. The lobed borders are enamelled with colourful foliage and the sides are mounted with high architectural handles decorated with scrolls in relief, which are surmounted by chrysoprase cabochons.

Daria Khristova, Bonhams Department Head of Russian Paintings and Works of Art said, “The silver gilt and shaded enamel tray for calling cards is a unique piece which captures the customs of a bygone era, yet, its aesthetic value remains just as alluring for a modern audience.”

Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky. “Shipwreck on a Rocky Shore”, 1972.
Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky.
“Shipwreck on a Rocky Shore”, 1972.
Oil on canvas, 47х72 cm.
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Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky’s “Shipwreck on a Rocky Shore”, 1872 will also be offered, estimate £150,000-200,000. Aivazovsky was one of the 19th century’s most prolific painters. He is highly regarded as an expert handler of marine scenes, a subject which dominated his extensive oeuvre.

Nikolai Fechin. “Trees by Water”, late 1920s.
Nikolai Fechin.
“Trees by Water”, late 1920s.
Oil on canvas, 76,2х63,5 cm.
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Nikolai Fechin’s “Trees by Water”, late 1920s, which has been on display in several galleries including in the exhibition, “Retrospective of Nikolai Fechin”, Oklahoma City, and in the Hammer Galleries, New York, 1961, estimate £100,000-150,000. Notably, Fechin used an array of tools while making this work, such as brush, palette knives, and even fingers.

An Imperial presentation jewelled, gold, enamel and hardstone kovsh.	Workmaster Michael Perchin.
An Imperial presentation jewelled, gold, enamel and hardstone kovsh.
Workmaster Michael Perchin.
St. Petersburg,1896.
Length 12 cm.
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A Fabergé Imperial Presentation Jewelled, Gold, Enamel and Hardstone Kovsh by workmaster Michael Perchin,1896 from the Estate of the late Victor, 3rd Viscount Churchill (1934-2017) engraved with presentation inscription "Presented to Victor Albert Lord Churchill by The Czar Nicholas II, Balmoral Sat.3.Oct 1896" beneath the Imperial Warrant. Estimate £70,000-90,000.

A monumental porcelain vase 'Deep River' from the Imperial Anichkov palace. Imperial Porcelain Factory. Artist G.D. Zimin.
A monumental porcelain vase 'Deep River' from the Imperial Anichkov palace.
Imperial Porcelain Factory. Artist G.D. Zimin.
St. Petersburg, 1910.
Height 45,4 cm.
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A Monumental Porcelain Vase ‘Deep River’ from the Imperial Anichkov Palace, presented by the factory to the Russian Imperial Court probably during the annual Christmas presentation, 1910. Estimate £40,000-60,000. The vase belonged to the Collection of Dowager Empress Maria Fedorovna at the Anichkov Palace, St. Petersburg, 1910-1917. It was nationalized as part of the palace collection as the palace became part of the City Museum, 1918. Around January 1928 it was de-accessioned and sold.

A silver-gilt and enamel easter egg. Workmaster Khlebnikov.
A silver-gilt and enamel easter egg.
Workmaster Khlebnikov.
Moscow, 1908-1917.
Height 9,9 cm.
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A silver-gilt and enamel easter egg by workmaster Khlebnikov, Moscow 1908-1917 (estimated at £20,000-30,000) is a rare example of enamel art displaying sophisticated techniques in the style of modern, and depicting St. George, Patron Saint of Moscow.

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