Bonhams
English Russian
English Russian

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.
More images here.

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.
More images here.

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.
More images here.

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.
More images here.

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.
More images here.

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.
More images here.

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.
More images here.

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.

Contact Bonhams.

Photos and information: courtesy of Bonhams.


ALL ARTICLES
On November 28th, 2018 Bonhams is hosting their next Russian Sale in London. The highlights: Vasily Rozhdestvensky’s “Still life with a clay jug” (1921), a rare and highly important silver-gilt and shaded enamel tray for calling cards attributed to Fedor Rückert (Moscow, circa 1900), Ivan Aivazovsky’s “Shipwreck on a Rocky Shore” (1972), Nikolai Fechin’s “Trees by Water” (late 1920s), a Fabergé Imperial Presentation Jewelled, Gold, Enamel and Hardstone Kovsh (1896), a Monumental Porcelain Vase ‘Deep River’ from the Imperial Anichkov Palace (Imperial Porcelain Factory, 1910), a silver-gilt and enamel easter egg (1908-1917).  Next...
  • Views: 8881
Hagelstam & Co will be doing a sale of a collection of porcelain containing figurines, vases, coffee and dinner sets by Royal Copenhagen, Bing & Grøndahl, Lungby, Wedgwood and Dahl-Jensen. Featuring pieces modeled by sculptors Knud Kyhn, Christian Thomsen, Erik Nielsen, Holger Christensen, Johannes Heedegaard, Axel Locher and Olof Paulsen.  Next...
  • Views: 5382
On September 26th, 2018 German auction house Hampel Fine Art Auctions will offer important Old Master paintings for sale: François Boucher (1703 – 1770), Giovanni Paolo Panini (1691 – 1765), Hermann Tom Ring (1521 – 1596), Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568 – 1625), Pieter Coecke van Aelst (1502 – 1550), Giuseppe Bazzani (1690 – 1769), Frans Snyders (1579 – 1657), Jacopo di Cione (1325 – 1398), Michele Tosini (1503 – 1577), Hans Memling (1433 – 1494).  Next...
  • Views: 3756
On September 26th, 2018 German auction house Hampel Fine Art Auctions will offer for sale a series of Russian art lots. An enamel salt cellar from 1855, crystal bowl from 1900, several Russian icons from 18-19th centuries and photographs of Nicholas II to be offered at the upcoming sale.  Next...
  • Views: 5909
From September 17th to 21st, 2018 Swiss auction house Schuler Auktionen will be doing a sale of a series of items dedicated to Russian art as part of their main auction. Russian icons XVI-XX centuries are to be offered at the upcoming sale.  Next...
  • Views: 6084
Rebecca Reynolds holds a PhD in archaeology from the University of Nottingham. Following this she was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2016 and is interested in combining her archaeological background into her legal practice to explore and ensure continued and improved protection of cultural heritage. She currently works as a freelance zooarchaeologist and cultural heritage consultant. In the interview she talks about efficiency of the Treasure Act 1996 and protection of archaeological heritage in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.  Next...
  • Views: 2609
On June 18th and from June 20th to 22nd, 2018 Swiss auction house Schuler Auktionen will be hosting their next auction in Zurich. Among the lots to be offered at the sale are some Russian icons from the XVII — XIX centuries: a large twopartite icon “Unexpected Joy” – “Synaxis of the Archangel Michael” (XIX century), “Christ Pantocrator” (1st part of the XIX century), “Archangel Michael Horseman” (XVIII century), “St. Elisha” (XVII century), “Fiery Ascent of the Prophet Elijah” (around 1600), “Christ Pantocrator” (XIX century), as well as the icon with the bright glass bead embroidered casing and the frame (XIX century).  Next...
  • Views: 6674
On June 6th, 2018 leading Russian art auction house MacDougall’s is hosting their next auction in London. The highlights: Konstantin Somov’s “Meeting in the Park” (1919), Ivan Shishkin's “Pine Forest. Yelbuga” (1897), Pavel Kuznetsov’s “Fountain” (1904), Chaïm Soutine’s portrait “La liseuse endormie, Madeleine Castaing” (c. 1937), Ivan Khrutsky's “Still Life with Fruit and Honeycomb” (1840), Alexander Deineka’s “Woman in a Yellow Dress” (1955), Georgy Nissky’s “Reclining Nude” (c. 1959) and other artwork.  Next...
  • Views: 8342
Martin Hans Borg, Russian art expert from Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers, Bredgade 33, Copenhagen, Denmark, talks about the Russian art auction on June 8th, 2018, as well as the role of provenance in the selection of pieces of art for auctions. “We have contact with the branches of the Danish royal house, which continuously consigns Russian art treasures to our auctions. It always provides an extraordinary touch when there are royal and imperial provenances on the lots that are up for auction. This is also the case at the summer's Russian auction."  Next...
  • Views: 9317