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Early Natalia Goncharova, Fabergé and XVIII-XIX Russian icons at Schuler Auktionen 22-26 June 2020 in Zurich


The upcoming sale at Schuler Auktionen is offering a rare early artwork by Natalia Goncharova, who was a central figure in Russian avant-garde art. Another highlight is Goncharova’s projet d'illustration for the poem of Sergei Bobrov “Le Pacte” from his first book published in 1913 in only 500 copies. The auction will also feature decorative arts including Fabergé and a series of XVIII-XIX century icons.

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Natalia Goncharova
Natalia Goncharova (1881, Tula – 1962, Paris).
“Promenade au bord de l'eau”.
Oil on board. Monogrammed bottom right in Cyrillic. 35*33,5 cm.
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“Promenade au bord de l'eau” by Natalia Goncharova from 1910-11 (estimated at EUR 28 570 – 47 620) refers to the celebrated genre scenes with peasants, which was the main theme in Goncharova's early oeuvre. This every day life scene with a family walking along sill river or lake is inspired by the memories of the artist about the childhood spent in the village. The technique applied by Goncharova is associated with neo-primitivism, a Russian art movement based on denial of classical principles, and resonates with the primitives of Matisse and Gauguin. The artwork is balanced with mirrored silhouettes on the water and features colour intensity depicting a sunny summer day.

Provenance:

  • Private collection of the artist Leonardo Benatov.
  • Galerie Art XXI, Geneva.
  • Private collection, Switzerland.

Exhibition:

  • Vingt-six oeuvres sur papier et sur carton de l'ancienne collection Leornardo Benatov, N. Gontcharova - M. Larionov, Galerie Art XXI, Geneva, 17 May – 27 July 2009.

Literature:

  • Bazetoux, Denise: Natalia Gontcharova, son oeuvre, entre tradition et modernité, 2011, image 1, Nr. 262, p. 80 and p. 242.
Natalia Goncharova
Natalia Goncharova (1881, Tula – 1962, Paris).
"Projet d'illustration pour le poème de Bobrov (Le pacte)", 1913.
Watercolour and gouache on paper. Monogrammed bottom right. Framed. 24,2*31,7 cm.
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"Projet d'illustration pour le poème de Bobrov (Le pacte)" from 1913 (estimated at EUR 6 670 – 8 570) was created by Goncharova to the poem of Sergei Bobrov included into his first book “Vertogradari over vines” published in 1913 in only 500 copies. The book contained ten polychromatic lithographs exclusively executed by Goncharova.

Natalia Goncharova
Illustration created by Natalia Goncharova to the poem “Le Pacte” from the book “Vertogradari over vines” by Sergei Bobrov (Moscow, 1913).

Note:

  • slightly yellowed paper, tear on the top right ca. 15 mm.

Provenance:

  • Private collection of the artist Leonardo Benatov.
  • Galerie Art XXI, Geneva.
  • Private collection, Switzerland.

Exhibition:

  • Vingt-six oeuvres sur papier et sur carton de l'ancienne collection Leornardo Benatov, N. Gontcharova - M. Larionov, Galerie Art XXI, Geneva, 17 May – 27 July 2009.

Literature:

  • Bazetoux Vol. 1, Nr. 1467, p. 193-194.
Faberge letter opener
Fabergé letter opener.
St. Petersburg, c. 1890, Julius Rappoport.
L. 34 cm. W. c. 300 g.
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Fabergé letter opener, St. Petersburg, Julius Rappoport, c. 1890 (estimated at EUR 7 620 – 9 520), is decorated with a figure of a snake on the handle. Julius Rappoport (1864–1916) opened his atelier in St. Petersburg in 1883, and later became the leading jewellery master at Fabergé specialising in silver services, large pieces and animalistic figures.

A set of 10 cloisonne tea spoons. Moscow, 1908-17.
A set of 10 cloisonné tea spoons.
Moscow, 1908-17.
L. 12 cm. W. c. 190 g.
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A set of 10 cloisonné tea spoons, Moscow, 1908-17, 11th Artel (estimated at EUR 570 – 1 140), featuring enamel decoration on the scoop and handle in white, red, blue, burgundy and green.

Note:

  • slight signs of use.
A papier-mâché lacquer box.
A papier-mâché lacquer box.
Ostashkovo, 1882-88, Osip Vishnyakov and sons. Rectangular shape.
26,5*9,5*9,6 cm.
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A papier-mâché lacquer box, Ostashkovo, 1882-88, Osip Vishnyakov and sons (estimated at EUR 380 – 670) is painted after the work of Konstantin Makovsky (1839–1915) “Russian interior with a bandura player”, sold at Chistie's November auction in 2004. The inner part features stamps from the exhibitions held in 1882, 1872 and 1870, as well as that of the atelier. 26,5*9,5*9,6 cm.

Note:

  • scratches, discoloration.
A rectangular teapot. Moscow, 1831, Dubrovin N., Lukitch.
A rectangular teapot.
Moscow, 1831, Dubrovin N. Lukitch.
H. 15,5 cm. W. c. 534 g.
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A rectangular teapot on a rectangular foot, Moscow, 1831, Dubrovin N. Lukitch (estimated at EUR 380 – 570) features a C-shape handle with finial and a decoration with floral friezes and foliage. H. 15,5 cm. W. c. 534 g.

Note:

  • slights signs of use.
A large two-partite icon, Russia, XIX century.
A large twopartite icon, Russia, XIX century.
Tempera on wood board, levkas. Landscape format.
33,5*47 cm.
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A large twopartite icon of a landscape format, Russia, XIX century (estimated at EUR 1 900 – 3 810), shows the Trinity in the left part, surrounded by the Mother of God, St. John the Baptist and Angels in the upper part. Right part: St. Sophia, the Mother of God, John the Apostle (left) St. John the Baptist and John Chrysostom (right) and the Christ Pantocrator above them. In the upper part: God the Father and Angels. On the sides: St. Abraham, Isaac and James the Great (left), Venerable Sergius, Zosimas and Savvatiy of Solovki (right).

Note:

  • Cracking in the centre, gold worn off, retouching, minor dark spots.
An icon of the Christ Pantocrator in oklad
An icon of Christ Pantocrator in oklad,
Russia, first half of the XIX century.
Tempera on wood panel, levkas. 35*30,5 cm.
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An icon of Christ Pantocrator in oklad, Russia, first half of the XIX century (estimated at EUR 1 710 – 3 430) depicts Christ in the centre against a golden background with His right hand raised in benediction and an open Book of Gospels in His left hand. Fine chrysography. Oklad (guilloche and engraving): St. Petersburg, 1833, Mikhail Mikhailovich Karpinsky (1825-1838).

Note:

  • Certificate of authenticity, icon gallery Mark & Boris AG, Bern, 1989.
An icon The life of St. Elijah
An icon “The life of St. Elijah”,
Russia, first half of the XIX century.
Tempera on wood board, levkas. 34*26,5 cm.
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An icon “The life of St. Elijah”, Russia, first half of the XIX century (estimated at EUR 1 520 – 3 050) depicts the saint in his cellar. In the upper part: the Fiery Ascent of the Prophet Elijah when he throws his mantle to his descendant Elisha, which helped him and Elisha cross the Jordan river without getting their feet wet (bottom right). Bottom left: appearance of an Angel to the Prophet with a jar of water to bring him strength. Top right: the fire burned Elijah's sacrifice. On the top: God the Father on a cloud.

Note:

  • Restoration of framing, areas with missing paint.
A multipartite icon
A multipartite icon,
Russia, XIX century.
Tempera on wood board, levkas. 35,5*31 cm.
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A multipartite icon, Russia, XIX century (estimated at EUR 1 330 – 2 290) shows Annunciation, the Christ Pantocrator and Christmas in the upper row. The mid row: Feast of the Cross, St. Nicholas and the Baptism of Jesus. The bottom row: St. Antipas, Guardian angel and St. John the Baptist.

Note:

  • Restored cracking, some areas with paint missing, retouching.
  • Expert certificate, Ikonen Museum Schloss Autenried bei Günzburg/Donau.
Icon of the Christ Pantocrator in oklad
Icon of Christ Pantocrator in oklad,
Russia, first half of the XIX century.
Tempera on wood board, levkas. 30*20 cm.
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Icon of Christ Pantocrator in oklad, Russia, first half of the XIX century (estimated at EUR 1 330 – 2 290) depicts Christ in the centre with His right hand raised in benediciton and a sceptre in His left hand. Oklad (guilloche, engraving, cloisonné, glass beads): Moscow, 1838, Nikolai Lukitch Dubovin (1822–1855).

Note:

  • Retouching (area of hands), signs of ageing, some areas with paint missing.
The Virgin of Vladimir
The Virgin of Vladimir,
Russia, XVIII century.
Tempera on wood board, levkas. 31*27 cm.
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The Virgin of Vladimir, Russia, XVIII century (estimated at EUR 950 – 1 710) shows the Mother of God and the Christ child sitting on the Virgin's right hand and pulling His face up towards her cheek.

Note:

  • Retouching, some dark spots.
  • Certificate of authenticity, Ikonen-Galerie Mark & Boris AG, Bern, 1988.
An icon of the Eye of Providence
An icon of the Eye of Providence,
Russia, XIX century.
Tempera on wood board, levkas. 35*30 cm.
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An icon of the Eye of Providence, Russia, XIX century (estimated at EUR 760 – 1 520) depicts four recurring circles with the following iconographic images (from the outer to inner circles): three cherubs, a halo, the human face and the Saviour Emmanuel with a blessing gesture. On the top: the Christ Pantocrator. On the sides: Guardian angel (on the right) and the saint (on the left).

Note:

  • Restored framing, cracking of paint, some areas with the paint missing, retouching.
  • Expert certificate, icon museum Schloss Autenried bei Günzburg/Donau.
The Virgin of Vladimir
The Virgin of Vladimir,
Russia, XIX century.
Tempera on wood board, levkas. 32*27,5 cm.
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The Virgin of Vladimir, Russia, XIX century (estimated at EUR 760 – 1 330) shows the Mother of God and the Christ child sitting on the Virgin's right hand and pulling His face up towards her cheek. Fine chrysography.

Note:

  • Minor dark spots and areas with missing paint, retouching, restored framing and background.

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