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Repin, Shishkin and Aivazovsky masterpieces at the Hampel Fine Auction on March 28th, 2019


On March 28th, 2019, the German auction house Hampel Fine Art Auctions will be putting up rare works from Repin, Shishkin and Aivazovsky together with icons from the XIXth century and decorative art.

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Portrait of a lady with red rose. Ilya Repin
“Portrait of a lady with red rose” (1874).
Ilya Repin (Chuguyev, 1844 – Kuokkala, 1930).
Oil on canvas. 96*76 cm.
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Almost a life-size portrait of a lady with red rose almost a life-size (estimated at €80,000 – 120,000) from Ilya Repin (Chuguyev, 1844 – Kuokkala, 1930) will be offered at the upcoming sale. The portrait probably shows a singer Alexandra Molas (1845-1929). A lady in a black dress with a low-cut neckline bordered by a lace collar is shown against a dark background, where the light emphasises a contrast with face, décolleté and hands. A style of this painting resembles that of the early works from Repin by a vivid face expression and natural as though casual movement of hands. A particular detail is a red rose in a collar, which is present in the other paintings from the artist, and is comparable with the portrait of this singer executed in 1883 and currently held in the Russian Museum.

Note:

Visible under UV light (signed, monogrammed and dated “1874” on bottom left). Painting in good condition.

Provenance:

  • Macdougall Arts Ltd., London, Russian Art Auction, 30 Novemeber 2004, lot 67, ill. p. 71.
  • Stockholms Auktionsverk, The Russian Sale, 4 November 2007, lot 24, ill. p. 27
Interior with young woman at a table in front of window. Ivan Shishkin
“Interior with young woman at a table in front of window”.
Ivan Shishkin (1832, Yelabuga – 1898, Saint Petersburg).
Oil on canvas. 59 x 39 cm.
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Ivan Shishkin’s (1832, Yelabuga – 1898, Saint Petersburg) “Interior with young woman at a table in front of window” (€, price on request) depicts the second wife of the artist Eugenia. The woman reading a letter is standing in front of a window wearing a long black dress and holding a feather hat in her hand. The window light falling on the floor is shown very realistically focusing look on the open envelope. In the background three renowned works of the artist are visible on the wall – two landscapes and “The lady with the dog”.

Note:

The woman standing at the window in the painting is the artist’s wife. This is the second painting in which the artist portrayed his second wife Evgenia. A collector and member of the Warsaw District Court, B.I. Khanenko probably mentions this painting in a letter dated 1877. According to the tradition of the previous owners the painting was then in the possession of Emilian Miller, consul of Czechoslovakia. The new owner took the painting to Czechoslovakia during the 1930s, and after 1949 it was held in another private collection. It is listed, discussed and its location described as “unknown private collection” in a publication by the Czech art historian Vladimir Fiala, Russkaya Zhivopis v Sobraniyakh Chekhoslovakii, Leningrad 1974. After the painting was returned to the Biskup family after 1989, it could be sold. The Czech National Gallery and the Tretyakov Gallery confirm the painting’s authenticity and a small preliminary study was also discovered. The painting was subsequently exhibited at Žofín Palace. A detailed report by Markov Alexey Olegovich is enclosed.

Provenance:

  • ca. 1877 B.I. Khanenko collection (member of the Warsaw District Court).
  • After 1877 once more property of the painter.
  • After 1898 property of the artist’s daughter.
  • Property of Lydia Shishkin and Ivan Schaykovich (consul general of Yugoslavia).
  • 1930s Emilian Miller collection (consul of Czechoslovakia).
  • After 1948 Václav Biskup collection, Prague.
  • After 1989 collection of the previous owner.
Ship in distress. Ivan Aivazovsky
“Ship in distress”.
Ivan Aivazovsky (Feodosia, 1817 – Feodosia, 1900).
Oil on canvas. 68*46,5 cm.
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Ivan Aivazovsky’s (Feodosia, 1817 – Feodosia, 1900) “Ship in distress” (estimated at € 300,000 – 400,000) is depicted in the moonlight in a stormy sea with strong swells. The sense of danger is enhanced by the angle the artist chose to show the deck of the ship.

Note:

Signed and dated “1875” lower left and signed and dated on reverse.

Turkish pavilion on riverside with men praying at full moon. Ivan Aivazovsky
“Turkish pavilion on riverside with men praying at full moon”.
Ivan Aivazovsky (Feodosia, 1817 – Feodosia, 1900).
Oil on canvas. 46*68 cm.
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Ivan Aivazovsky’s (Feodosia, 1817 – Feodosia, 1900) “Turkish pavilion on riverside with men praying at full moon” (estimated at € 200,000 – 300,000) depicts midnight prayers in the moonlight reflected in the sea.

Literature:

  • G. Caffiero, I. Samarine, Seas, Cities and Dreams: The Paintings of Ivan Aivazovsky, London 2000, plate 51, ill. 97.
  • G. Caffiero, I. Samarine, Light, Water and Sky: The Paintings of Ivan Aivazovsky, London 2000, p. 300, cat. no. CS-1875-004.

Provenance:

  • Sotheby’s London, 11 October 1936, lot 247, ill. p. 119 in the catalogue.
Barge haulers on the Volga. Ilya Repin
Pencil study “Barge haulers on the Volga”.
Ilya Repin, attribution.
26.5 x 37 cm. Ca. 1879.
Pencil on brown. Not signed.
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The upcoming auction will feature a few drawings. A preliminary study of the oil painting “The Barge Haulers on the Volga”, attributed to Ilya Repin (estimated at €18,000 – 25,000) will be one of the lots at the sale.

Note:

Mounted and framed with glass.

Decorative art

Decorative palatial porphyry vase.
Decorative palatial porphyry vase with fire-gilt appliqués of very high quality.
Height: 59 cm. Maximum width: ca. 40 cm. Diameter of base plate: 17 cm.
Russia, first half of the XIXth century.
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A decorative palatial porphyry vase with fire-gilt appliqués of very high quality (estimated at €60,000 – 70,0000) is from the first half of the XIXth century. The vase is made from the Egyptian deep red, black and white porphyry in the form of an amphora with the lid. Highly polished. The handles made of bronze with fire-gilt appliqués in the form of acanthus leaves on the bottom transforming into the form of a female figure.

An elegant Faberge shtof.
An elegant Fabergé shtof.
Height 34 cm. St.
Petersburg, around 1900.
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Fabergé shtof (estimated at € 12,000 – 14,000) is made of glass with etching. One side depicts a griffon above a letter “E” and the reverse side shows an Imperial eagle with the letter “E” in the centre. The cast iron embossed lid is made in the form of an Imperial eagle. St. Petersburg, around 1900.

A large Imperial plate.
A large Imperial plate.
Diameter: 44 cm.
Russia, around 1918.
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A large Imperial plate (estimated at € 5,000 – 8,000) is decorated with classical ornament and medallions showing a basket with flowers and inscriptions “AEM”, “EWAR” и “21 Nov. 1918”. Russia, around 1918.

Note:

This plate was gifted by the Russian Imperial Court to the Duke Peter Friedrich Georg von Oldenburg (1868-1924), who celebrated 50 years on the 21st of November 1918. The Duke Peter Friedrich Georg von Oldenburg was a son of Alexander von Oldenburg and Eugenia Maximilianowna von Leuchtenberg. He was also a great-grandson of the Emperor Nicholas I and a brother-in-law of the Emperor Nicholas II.

Provenance:

Collection of Schönaich-Carolath.

Icons

Икона Богородица с младенцем.
An icon of the Mother of God with oklad.
Tempera on wood. 34*27 cm. Height with oklad 39,5 см. Lenght: 32 cm. Width: 7 cm.
Russia, beginning of the XIXth century.
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An icon of the Mother of God (estimated at €3,500 – 4,500) has a raised oklad decorated with pearl and foliage ornament on the edge, and leaves the space for face and hands open.

An icon of the Mother of God with oklad.
An icon of the Mother of God with oklad.
32*27 cm.
Russia, XIXth century.
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An icon of the Mother of God (estimated at € 6,000 – 8,000) with raised oklad richly recorated with a floral design. Russia, XIXth century. 32*27 cm.

An icon of Saint Seraphim of Sarov.
An icon of Saint Seraphim of Sarov.
31,5*28 cm.
Russia, XIX-XX centuries.
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An icon of Saint Seraphim of Sarov (estimated at € 5,000 – 6,000) has a raised oklad with cloisonné enamel. Oil on a wooden panel. The reverse side is velvet upholstered. The saint is depicted holding prayer beads in his left hand and with his right hand raised in benediction.

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