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Russian art at Millon — a major art auction on December 2nd, 2019 in Paris


On the 2nd of December 2019, the Parisian auction house Millon will be holding grand sales of Russian art. Russian icons from the XVI – beginning of the XX centuries will be put up for sale, paintings of Russian artists from the XIX century to avant-garde, modern art and School of Paris. A large collection of tea glass holders from the XIX-XX centuries will be sold, enamels from the XIX century and Fabergé pieces, as well as Russian factory porcelain from the XIX-XX centuries, sculptures, pre-revolutionary medals, rare books, and even Romanov family heritage items and photographs.

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Kotarbinski (Vasiliy) Wilhelm. Medusa
Kotarbinski (Vasiliy) Wilhelm (1849-1921). “Medusa”.
Oil on canvas, singned, c. 1903.
238*129,5 cm.
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One of the main lots will be the monumental "Medusa" (estimated at 60,000-80,000 EUR) painted by the famous history and fantastical genre painter Wilhelm (Vasiliy) Kotarbinski. The author of large easel canvasses received the most amount of recognition for his biggest work, "Roman Orgy", at a size of 3 by 5 metres, which forms part of the Russian Museum collection. Kotarbinski was born in Poland and for a long time lived in Rome. He studied at the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg, where he received awards for his artwork. He also participated in the painting of murals at the St. Volodymyr's Cathedral in Kiev alongside V. Vasnetsov (1848-1926), M. Nesterov (1862-1942), and M. Vrubel (1856-1919). Historians agree that Kotarbinski was one of the favourite artists of emperor Nicholas II (1868-1918). A similar mystical "Medusa" by Kotarbinski was sold in 2012 at a Sotheby's auction for 73,250 GBP.

Vasily Raev. Villa Albani, Rome.
Vasily Raev (1807-1871). “Villa Albani, Rome”.
Oil on canvas, signed “Raev/Rome1853”. 44*92 cm.
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"Villa Albani, Rome" (estimated at 80,000-120,000 EUR) by history painter Vasily Raev is executed in soft colours and conveys the serenity of the Italian landscape. The artist was a serf to the landlord Kushelev, who sent Raev to study at the Arzamas School of Art. Raev worked in the Urals, where he painted the interiors of the Demidov factory and gained his reputation as an artist. Thanks to a request from the Society of Encouragement of Artists, he was granted freedom. He continued his education at the Imperial Academy of Arts, received awards for his work, and later even a monetary allowance from the Academy for residence in Rome. The works of Raev form part of the Russian Museum and Tretyakov Gallery collection.

An enamel tea service by Pavel Ovchinnikov
An enamel tea service by Pavel Ovchinnikov, supplier of the Imperial Court, Moscow, 1885. Executed in Japanese style based on a model by famous jeweller Charles Tiffany. Comes with original box.
Weight: 1810 гр. Tray: lenght 33 cm. Cups: height 7,5 cm.
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An enamel tea service by Pavel Ovchinnikov, supplier of the Imperial Court, Moscow, 1885, (estimated at 30,000-50,000 EUR) is executed in Japanese style based on a model by famous jeweller Charles Tiffany. The set consists of six cups in the shape of balusters and a triangular serving tray coated in red and black lacquer. The cups are adorned with images of insects and fish, the serving tray is etched with a spider web, dragonfly and leaf.

Note:

  • Very good condition. Comes with original box.
  • An identical but non-coated serving tray, for which Charles Tiffany was given Knighthood of the national order of the Legion of Honour, was presented by Tiffany & Co. at the World Expo in Paris in 1878. The tray way exhibited by Wartski in London. "Japonisme: From Falize to Fabergé, The Goldsmith and Japan", 10-20 May2011, No. 148, p. 81, ill.
Nicolas Tarkhoff. Rooster.
Nicolas Tarkhoff (1871-1939). “Rooster”, c. 1920.
Oil on canvas, signed “Nic. Tarkhoff”. 107*82 cm.
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The bright and cheerful work of Nicolas Tarkhoff called "Rooster"(estimated at 20,000-30,000 EUR) was executed by the painter in 1920 in his home garden in Orsay. The stretchers still have old expo labels on it — one corresponding to the painting being sold and the other remaining from a different painting done by the painter in 1911.

Note:

  • The Nicolas Tarkhoff Committee confirms the authenticity of the given work, which will be included in the artist's Catalogue Raisonné.

Provenance:

  • Sold at Galerie Marcel-Lenoir, Paris to private collection.

Literature:

  • Diehl Gaston, Nicolas Tarkhoff, Genève, Edition Petit Palais, 1982.

Associated works:

  • “Coqs dans un poulailler” (1914), oil on canvas, 139*115 cm. No. 107, Nicolas Tarkhoff, Gaston Diehl, 1932, p. 259.
  • “Le coq gaulois et son ombre” (1914), oil on paper, 66*48 cm. No. 36, p. 96, exhibition catalogue Nicolas Tarkhoff, 1983, The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and в сотрудничестве с and Museum of Petit Palais in Geneva.
  • “Coq chantant”, oil on canvas, 65*54 см., Sotheby's 21 April 2005, lot 274.
  • “Coq au printemps”, oil on canvas, 80,5*100 cm, sale 22 June 2018 at Magnin Wedry, lot 65.
  • “Coq en courroux”, c. 1920, tempera and gouache on paper, 51,5*63,5 cm, auction 28 November 2018 at MacDougall’s Лондон, lot 85.
  • “Coq”, c. 1911, oil on canvas, collection of Yuri Nosov.
Lev Tchistovsky. La Ballerine.
Lev Tchistovsky (1902-1969). “La Ballerine”.
Oil on isorel, signed “L. Tchistovsky/Paris”. 64*50,7 cm.
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The “Ecole de Paris” will be represented at the auction by several works of Lev Tchistovsky. His "Ballerina" (estimated 20,000-30,000 EUR) stands out due to its unsurpassed execution technique and its harmonic array of colours that highlights the lightness of the dancer and the splendour of the art of ballet.

Note:

  • Restoration.

Provenance:

  • Auction Var Encheres, 26 October 2008, lot 110.
Alexander Deyneka. In the Donbass.
Alexander Deyneka (1899-1969). “In the Donbass”, (1924).
Illustration for the “The Godless at the Workbench” periodical, No 3, 1924.
Ink on paper. Signed in Cyrillic “D”.
Dedicatory inscription in gouache in Cyrillic “To Fyodor Bogorodsky from Deyneka”. 22*34 cm.
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The "In The Donbass" illustration (estimated at 20,000-30,000 EUR) was created by the great monumentalist and illustrator Alexander Deyneka for “The Godless at the Workbench” (No. 3, 1924) periodical, which propagandized the fight against enemies of the proletariat. During this period, the artist went to the Donbas on assignment from the editorial staff and over the course of each trip drew a great number of genre scenes in graphic style, illustrating the working weekdays of workers in the new industrial era. These sketches lay the foundation for his subsequent easel works with the same theme. Alexander Deineka's body of work reflects the social realism epoch — the artist aspired to create the image of the man of the future, the hard worker.

Literature:

  • V.P. Sysoev. Alexander Deyneka. Ill. No. 20.
  • Monographic work, Moscow, Izobrazitelnoe iskusstvo, 1989, vol. 1, p. 39, ill.

Provenance:

  • A gift from Alexander Deyneka to painter and old friend Feodor Bogorodsky (1895-1959).
  • In the collection of the Bogorodsky family.
  • Sotheby's London, Russian Paintings, 23 February 1983, lot 224.
  • Auction Catherine Charbonneau, Drouot, 26 June 1984, lot 33.
  • Collection of Liapine, Paris.
A table cloisonne nécessaire, Feodor Ruckert.
A table cloisonne nécessaire, Feodor Ruckert, Moscow, 1899-1908.
Weight c. 1500 gr., height 13 cm., length 34,5 cm (tray).
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A table cloisonne nécessaire, Feodor Ruckert, Moscow, 1899-1908, (estimated at 20,000-30,000 EUR ) adorned with an image of leaves, flowers, and a stylized dragon on a background of green, turquoise, red and pale pink polychrome enamel. The set includes a box for mail stamps, a container for glue, an inkpot, a feather pen, a knife for cutting paper, and a tray.

Note:

  • Very good condition. Weight c. 1500 gr., height 13 cm., length 34,5 cm (tray).

Associated work:

  • A similar table cloisonne nécessaire: G. von Habsburg, Fabergé: Imperial Craftsman and his World, 2000, London, cat. 91, p. 83.
A rare kovsh, Kurlukov
A rare kovsh, Kurlukov, Moscow, 1899-1908.
Weight 380 gr., height 13 cm, length 19,5 cm, width 11,5 cm.
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A rare kovsh, Kurlukov, Moscow, 1899-1908, decorated with the image of a man and woman in winter attire, welcoming with bread and salt before a background of a bell and church towers. The kovsh is decorated with etched palmettes and five cabochons, one of which is a chrysoprase.

Note:

  • Very good condition. Weight 380 gr., height 13 cm, length 19,5 cm, width 11,5 cm.

Associated work:

  • A similar kovsh of Kurlukov, adorned with the same image, was sold for $25,000 at the Palm Beach Auction Gallery 12 May 2014, lot 29. It is currently stored at the Fabergé museum in St. Petersburg.
An inkpot in the shape of a moose laying down on green marble, Carl Fabergé
An inkpot in the shape of a moose laying down on green marble, Carl Fabergé, Moscow, 1908-1917.
Weight 3600 gr., height 14,5 cm., length 30,5 cm, width 18,5 cm. Inventory number 31.
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An inkpot in the shape of a moose laying down on green marble, Carl Fabergé, Moscow, 1908-1917 (estimated at 15,000-20,000 EUR). There is a compartment with a lid for mail stamps.

Note:

  • Very good condition. Weight 3600 gr., height 14,5 cm., length 30,5 cm, width 18,5 cm. Inventory number 31.
Vasily Grachev. A bronze sculpture Travellers on a Troika Passing a Sledge
Vasily Grachev (1831-1905). A bronze sculpture “Travellers on a Troika Passing a Sledge”.
Length 52 cm., width 30 cm.
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A bronze sculpture entitled “Travellers on a Troika Passing a Sledge” (estimated at 15,000-20,000 EUR) by Vasily Grachev. One side of the base contains Grachev's signature and the cyrillic enscription "K. Woerffel's foundry, 1877.

Note:

  • Good condition. The patina is brown in colour.
Orlovsky Vladimir Donatovich. Pozzuoli Port Pier, Italy
Orlovsky Vladimir Donatovich (1842-1914). “Pozzuoli Port Pier, Italy”.
39*64,5 cm. Signed in Cyrillic.
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“Pozzuoli Port Pier, Italy” (estimated at 12,000-15,000 EUR) from one of the best landscape artists of the 80s in the XIX century – the Imperial Academy of Arts academic and professor Vladimir Orlovsky – is a perfect example of his all-time favourite southern landscape theme. Contemporaries called the artist a “searcher of the sun”, his canvasses were hugely popular. Orlovsky visited Italy after receiving his “pension”, a kind of grant, from the Academy of Arts for residence abroad for refining upon his mastery. The artist's paintings became part of the Russian Museum and Tretyakov Gallery collection.

A foldable enamel icon, Moscow, 1854.
A foldable enamel icon, Moscow, 1854.
Length when open: 19 cm, height of 13 cm (not including the ring).
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A foldable enamel icon, Moscow, 1854, shows Christ and God Sabaoth holding a crown above the Holy Mother. The Holy Spirit towers above them. The side leaves contain images of the Archangel Gabriel (on the left) and Michael (on the right). The back contains an etched image of two archangels around a resurrected Chris coming out of his coffin and sleeping Roman soldiers on the foreground.

Note:

  • Two small paint chips, everything else is in good condition.
  • Length when open: 19 cm, height of 13 cm (not including the ring).
Gurianov Vasily Pavlovich. A rare icon of Theodosius of Chernigov.
Gurianov Vasily Pavlovich (1867–1920). A rare icon of Theodosius of Chernigov.
Tempera on wood, 35,7*31,6.
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A rare icon of Theodosius of Chernigov is authored by the famous courtier icon painter from Mstera named Vasily Pavlovich Gurianov.

Note:

  • Very good condition, slight signs of restoration. The back contains the icon painter's stamp.

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