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Fabergé masterpieces at the Russian sales in the Millon auction house in December 2020


Paris - on December 16th, 2020, the Millon auction house will hold traditional Russian sales and will present exceptional Fabergé articles from legendary artist of cloisonne enamel Feodor Rückert (1851-1917). Also among the highlights is the bronze sculpture “The Dancer” by Troubetzkoy, Paolo Petrovich (1866-1938), works by Raphael Schwartz (1884-1934), Lanceray, Evgeni Alexandrovich (1848-1886), as well as icons of the XIX century.

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A gold-plated Fabergé kovsh
A gold-plated Fabergé kovsh in polychrome cloisonne enamel on a dark blue and white-purple background with geometrical patterns, flowers, rhombi, and stylized foliage in a neo-Russian style. The outside part of the kovsh is adorned with a continuous enamel image showing a view of the Kremlin from the Moscow river.
Workmaster Feodor Ruckert (1851-1917) for Carl Fabergé (1846-1920).
Engraved inventory number of the Fabergé House: 31572.
Moscow, 1908-1917. 162.4 g, 9*11.5*7 cm.
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The main lot at the upcoming sales will be the rare gold-plated Fabergé kovsh by Feodor Rückert for Carl Fabergé, Moscow, 1908-1917 (estimated at 40’000 – 60’000 EUR), with polychrome cloisonne enamel on a dark blue and white-purple background with geometrical patterns, rhombi, and stylized foliage in a neo-Russian style. The outside part of the kovsh is adorned with a continuous enamel image showing a view of the Kremlin from the Moscow river. Feodor Rückert is an infamous master of cloisonne enamel and began his collaboration with the Fabergé House in 1887. During this time, Rückert used serene, pastel shades of coating, but by 1908 his palette changed to a deep and cold tint, which can be explained by the popularity of the Old Russian theme in art of that time. The image of the Kremlin appears repeatedly on articles by Rückert, but is found on a kovsh for the first time.

Provenance:

  • Private collection, France.

Note:

  • Very good condition.

Associated works:

  • A jewellery box with the same enamel image is stored in the Royal Collection Trust, RCIN 32474, 3.1*7.9*5 cm. This item was presented as a gift to King George V (1865-1936) in October of 1920 by the daughter of Grand Duchess Maria Aleksandrovna (1853-1920).
  • A 9-cm case covered with enamel showing the same picture as on the kovsh was sold at a Jackson’s Auctioneers auction on November 15th, 2011, lot #236 (sold at the auction for 60’000 USD).
  • A case also entirely duplicating the patterns of the kovsh for sale is stored in a private collection and is showcased in the book “Feodor Rückert & Carl Fabergé”, Moscow, 2016, p.77.
  • A 18-cm case with an identical view of the Kremlin from the Moscow river was sold at Sotheby’s on November 26th, 2019, lot #404 (sold at the auction for 200’000 GBP).
Trinket bowl in an oblong shape made from faceted crystal with a polychrome enamel handle in the neo-Russian style, Workmaster Ivan Khlebnikov
Trinket bowl in an oblong shape made from faceted crystal with a polychrome enamel handle in the neo-Russian style.
Workmaster Ivan Khlebnikov, has a stamp of the Supplier of the Emperor’s Court.
Moscow, 1908-1917., 823.0 g. 32*13 cm.
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Another important lot will be a rare trinket bowl in an oblong shape made from faceted crystal with a polychrome enamel handle and the image of a boyar’s wife in profile enclosed in a cloisonne enamel border, with decorated foliage, pearl ornaments, and geometrical patterns in the neo-Russian style. Moscow, 1908-1917. Craftsman Ivan Khlebnikov (estimated at 20’000 – 30’000 EUR).

Note:

  • Good condition.
  • Has a stamp from the Supplier of the Emperor's Court.

Associated works:

  • A similar trinket bowl was sold at Christie’s in London on May 6th, 2017, lot #256 (sold at auction for 35’000 GBP).
Dancer, a portrait of Countess Thamara de Swirsky, Prince Troubetzkoy, Paolo Petrovich
“Dancer”, a portrait of Countess Thamara de Swirsky (1883-1972).
Prince Troubetzkoy, Paolo Petrovich (1866-1938),
Bronze with brown patina,
54*16*25 cm.
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“Dancer”, a portrait of Countess Thamara de Swirsky (estimated at 20’000 – 30’000 EUR) by famous sculptor Troubetzkoy, Paolo Petrovich (1866-1938), the creator of numerous bronze portraits and the monument to Alexander III located next to the Marble Palace in St. Petersburg, shows the artist in a light, loose-fitting dress graciously emphasising the beauty of motion and the serenity of dance. Thamara de Swirsky played a great number of leading roles in the beginning of the XIX century and collaborated with Igor Stravinsky and Edvard Grieg. The sculpture forms part of the Sorolla museum collection in Madrid. Works by Troubetzkoy are stored in the Russian Museum, the Tretyakov Gallery, and other leading museums of the world.

Note:

  • signature in Latin letters and the date “1910”,
  • stamped by the foundry “Cire C. Valsuani Perdue”.

Provenance:

  • Private collection, France.

Associated works:

  • A bronze version from 1912 is stored at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles (inv. 79.SB.162).
  • A bronze version from 1920 was sold at Bonhams in London on November 27th, 2019, lot #188 (sold at auction for 43’812 GBP).
  • A bronze version from 1910 was sold at Christie’s in London on April 6th, 2018, lot # 382 (sold for 47’500 GBP).
  • A bronze version from 1912 was sold at Sotheby’s in New York on April 16th, 2007, lot #177 (sold at auction for 51’000 USD).
Portrait of Albert Bartolome in Sculptor’s Attire, Raphael Schwartz
“Portrait of Albert Bartolome in Sculptor’s Attire” (c. 1913).
Raphael Schwartz (1884-1934),
Bronze with brown patina and a signature,
86*28*28 cm.
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The “Portrait of Albert Bartolome in Sculptor’s Attire” (c. 1913) by Raphael Schwartz (estimated at 20’000 – 30’000 EUR), a sculptor and creator of a series of portraits of famous people of his time - Auguste Rodin, Henri Bergson, Claude Debussy, mathematician Henri Poincaré, and other artists and scientists - portrays the artist’s teacher. Only two mentions of this sculpture are known, which speaks to its rarity.

Note:

  • Contains the print “Cire perdue A. A. Hébrard”.

Associated works:

  • The autographed bronze sculpture is mentioned in the book “Bartholomé, la redécouverte d’un grand sculpteur” by Thérèse de Burollet, 2017, p. 311 (image 169).
  • An engraving signed by Raphael Schwartz and illustrating Albert Bartolome, which likely served as a preliminary sketch for the given sculpture, is stored in the Small Palace Museum in Paris (inv. PPG1679).
Octagonal decorative Fabergé box.
Octagonal decorative Fabergé box.
Workmaster Feodor Rückert (1851-1917) for Carl Fabergé (1846-1920).
Cloisonne enamel with a geometrical ornament in a neo-Russian style.
Moscow, 1910-1917, 162.4 g, 9*11.5*7 cm.
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Another creation by Feodor Rückert for Fabergé - an octagonal decorative box (estimated at 8’000 – 12’000 EUR) coated in polychrome cloisonne enamel with a geometrical ornament in a neo-Russian style. The lid of the box, which flips up on hinges, is adorned with a scene from the composition “The Writer”, 1910, of eminent illustrator and water-colour painter of the XIX century Sergey Sergeevich Solomko (1867-1928). Works by Solomko were used on numerous occasions in images on Fabergé articles and, in this manner, rhapsodised life in Ancient Rus’.

Note:

  • very good condition,
  • engraved inventory number of the Fabergé House: 26468.

Provenance:

  • private collection, Paris.
A bronze Berkutchi sculpture, Lanceray, Evgeni Alexandrovich
A bronze “Berkutchi” sculpture.
Lanceray, Evgeni Alexandrovich (1848-1886).
Bronze, patina.
Model 1876-1877, 54*43 cm.
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The bronze “Berkutchi” sculpture (estimated at 6’000 – 8’000 EUR) by Lanceray, Evgeni Alexandrovich shows a Kirghiz hunter on a horse with a golden eagle - this form of hunting was widely popular among the peoples of Central Asia. The base has the signature “sculptor E. Lanceray”. Ancient casting with the French company stamp “SUSSE FRÈRES”.

Note:

  • good condition.
Icon of Saint Olga the Princess. Workmaster Vladimirov.
Icon of Saint Olga the Princess.
Workmaster Vladimirov.
Painting on metal, engraving.
Saint-Petersburg, 1908-1917, 390.8 g, 16.5*12 cm.
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An icon of Saint Olga the Princess (estimated at 5’000 – 7’000) on a metal panel, Saint-Petersburg, 1908-1917, decorated on the perimeter with stamped foliage. The bottom right corner contains the initials “OM”. The back contains the engraved date “April 22nd, 1910”.

Provenance:

  • private collection, France.
Icon of the Kazan Mother of God. Likely by workmaster Semen Galkin.
Icon of the Kazan Mother of God.
Likely by workmaster Semen Galkin.
Tempera, wood, engraving, stamping, cloisonne enamel.
Moscow, 1891, 1055 g, 27*22.5 cm.
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An icon of the Kazan Mother of God in a polychrome cloisonne enamel frame (esimated at 5’000 – 7’000 EUR), Moscow, 1891. The frame is adorned with blue, light blue, turquoise, red, and white enamel, as well as stamping and engraving.

Note:

  • good condition.
Icon of the Faithful Saint Prince Alexander Nevsky. Workmaster Emelyan Kuznetsov.
Icon of the Faithful Saint Prince Alexander Nevsky.
Workmaster Emelyan Kuznetsov.
Wood, tempera, gold plating, engraving. 958 g, 26.7*22.2 cm.
The back contains the date “April 22nd, 1910”.
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The icon of the Faithful Saint Prince Alexander Nevsky (estimated at 4’000 – 6’000 EUR) by workmaster Emelyan Kuznetsov shows the saint on a background of streaming beams of light. A glowing halo is attached around the head. The name of the saint is written on the right and left with blue enamel.

Note:

  • good general condition, signs of use.

Provenance:

  • private collection, France.
Позолоченный ковш Fabergé
Two travel icons in the form of pendants.
Workmaster Lyubavin.
Wood, tempera, cloisonne enamel.
Moscow, 1908 - 1917, 212 g., 8.7*7.2 cm.
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Two rare travel icons in the form of pendants in gold-plated frames, workmaster Lyubavin (estimated at 4’000 – 6’000 EUR), with the image of the Mother of God Iverskaya and St. George the Victorious, adorned on the perimeter with cloisonne enamel in the form of a botanical and geometrical ornament.

Note:

  • Good condition.

Provenance:

  • private collection, Italy.

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