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Gorbatov, Samokhvalov, Sitnikov, and rare porcelain: autumn sale 2021 at Shapiro Auctions


On 4 December, Shapiro Auctions in New York will host an autumn auction, and will offer works by Russian, American, and European painters from the XXth century, Russian icons, Asian art, art glass, jewellery, antiquities, porcelain, and decorative art including Faberge – totally 827 unique lots. Russian art top lots feature “Russian Winter” by Vasily Sitnikov, a portrait of Sergei Rinkevich – the founder of the first school of electrical drive in the world by Alexander Samokhvalov, “Jericho” by Konstantin Gorbatov, “Two Women with Ducks” by David Burliuk, “Man in Hat” by Oleg Tselkov, porcelain figural mantle clock, Imperial Porcelain Factory, from the period of Nicholas I.

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Konstantin Gorbatov
Konstantin Gorbatov. (1876–1945)
“Jericho”, 1935.
Oil on canvas. 74*92,5 cm. Framed dimensions: 86*104,5 cm.
Signed and dated lower right, signed, dated and titled on verso.
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“Jericho” (estimated at $80,000 – $120,000) by Konstantin Gorbatov, who was the professor of the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg, showcases the world’s oldest city on Earth, which is depicted in terracotta hues lying at the foot of the mountains. Golden sunshine covers the top of the rock in the background and the city inspiring the viewer with the feeling of the eternal renewal. Having left Russia for Berlin in 1922, Gorbatov made a lot of travels. In mid-1930-s he visited Palestine, where he produced several works. Along with “Jericho” the auction will feature another two paintings by Gorbatov dedicated to the East.

Note:

  • Observed frame, the painting appears in very good condition.
  • Minor drawing to the upper right corner of the canvas resulting in a minor waviness to the canvas.
  • Inspection under UV light shows no apparent sign of restoration.

Provenance:

  • The artist's family, circa 1955
  • Thence by descent
  • Sotheby's London, 10 June 2009, lot 368
  • Acquired at the above by the present owner.
Davil Burliuk
Davil Burliuk (1882-1967).
“Two Women with Ducks”, 1964.
Oil on canvas. 61*91 cm. Signed and dated lower left.
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“Two women with ducks” (estimated at $15,000 – $20,000) by David Burliuk, who can be considered the father of Russian futurism, was produced in his later years. The whole Burliuk’s oeuvre is filled with yearning for Russia has long gone. Burliuk held left-wing views, and was a friend of V. Mayakovsky. He studied in the art school in Kazan and Odessa, later at the Academy of fine arts in Munich, and the Atelier Cormon in Paris. Upon his returning to Russia he established the group of avant-garde artists “Jack of Diamonds” with such members as Kazimir Malevich, Natalia Goncharova, Petr Konchalovsky among others. In 1920-s he fled Russia with his wife and first arrived in Japan, then relocated to the USA. Works by David Burliuk are held in the collections of many museums around the world. The auction will feature 15 paintings by the artist.

Provenance:

  • ACA Galleries, New York
  • Purchased from the above.
Boris Anisfeld
Boris Anisfeld (1878-1973).
“Autumn”, 1963.
Oil/canvas. 102,5*71 cm. Framed dimensions: 111*80 cm.
Signed lower left, titled and dated on verso.
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“Autumn” (estimated at $15,000 – $20,000) by the renowned Russian and American artist and stage designer Boris Anisfeld is an example of the work executed in his later years with theatre characteristic and scenic composition. Besides easel painting Anisfeld had been working actively with theatres, and created numerous decorations for plays and ballets. In 1918 he immigrated to the USA, where he started a productive work at the Metropolitan Opera. Paintings by Anisfeld make part of the collections of the State Tretyakov Gallery and the State Russian Museum among others.

Note:

  • Observed in frame, the painting appears in very good condition.
  • Very fine and stable craquelure.
  • Minor surface soiling visible to the left upper edge.
  • Rubbing to the upper right quadrant.
  • Inspection under UV light shows no apparent sign of restoration.
  • Authenticity confirmed by Charles Chatfield-Taylor.
Vasily Sitnikov
Vasily Sitnikov (1915-1987).
“Russian Winter”. 1973.
Oil/canvas. 64,5*80 cm. Framed dimensions: 79*94 cm.
Signed and dated '1973-XII-24, Monday' in Russian on verso.
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A cheerful “Russian Winter” (estimated at $15,000 – $20,000) by Vasily Sitnikov is painted in the most-admired manner by the artist with Orthodox architecture, golden onion domes surmounted with Orthodox crosses, and a diverse crowd symbolizing the pulse of mundane life. And on the top of that infinite white snowflakes cherished by the artist, thoroughly painted with thin paint brush. Sitnikov sold many paintings to the international purchasers. He took part in the exhibitions in the USA, France, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland. Some of his paintings were acquired by MOMA in New-York. In 1975 Sitnikov immigrated to the USA and finally stayed there.

Note:

  • Observed in frame, the painting appears in very good condition.
  • Inspection under UV light shows no sign of restoration.

Provenance:

  • Acquired directly from the artist by the wife of a Swedish diplomat.
  • Acquired from the above by a Moscow collector.
  • MacDougall's London, 7 June 2010, lot 405.
  • Acquired at the above by the present owner .
Alexander Samokhvalov
Alexander Samokhvalov (1894-1971).
“Portrait of Sergei Aleksandrovich Rinkevich”.
Oil on canvas. 87,5*100 cm.
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Portrait of Sergei Rinkevich (estimated at $40,000 – $60,000), who was an eminent Doctor of Science in the USSR, establisher of the first university department of the electrical drive in the world, was painted by Sergei Samokhvalov over several sessions in the family's Leningrad apartment in the early 1950-s . At that time Samokhvalov was already a renowned social realism monumental painter. He pictures the sitter with much attention at a considerable scale, and with characteristic economy of brushwork .

Provenance:

  • Collection of Sergei Rinkevich.
  • Thence by descent in the family.

Note:

  • Unframed, the painting is in age-appropriate condition.
  • Very fine craquelure visible upon close inspection.
  • Flaking resulting from craquelure visible to the left upper edge.
  • Rubbing resulting in scattered losses to the corners and perimeter.
  • Inspection under UV light shows no signs of restoration.
Oleg Tselkov
Oleg Tselkov (1934-2021).
“Man in Hat”.
Oil/canvas. 65*46 см. Framed dimensions: 66*47,5 cm.
Signed lower right, signed, dated, titled in Cyrillic and inscribed with authentication by A. Glezer on verso.
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“Man in hat” (estimated at $30,000 – $40,000) pictures a well-known collective image generated by a socialist society, as seen by Oleg Tselkov. A personage of round, rude and stiff nature is painted as flat as the mindset of the depicted character should be.

Provenance:

  • Acquired directly from the artist by A. Glezer on behalf of the present owner
  • Private collection, USA
  • MacDougall's Fine Art London, 7 June 2010, lot 401
  • Acquired at the above by the present owner

Note:

  • Observed in frame, the painting appears in very good condition.
  • No apparent issues visible to the naked eye.
  • With no significant issues to report.
  • Inspection under UV light shows a layer of varnish with no apparent sign of restoration.
  • Authenticity has been confirmed by the artist.
Boris Shcherbakov
Boris Shcherbakov (1916-1996).
“Summer Landscape with Cows”, 1976.
Oil on board. 47*70 cm.
Signed and dated lower right, signed, dated and titled on verso [faded].
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“Summer landscape with cows” by Boris Shcherbakov, 1976 (estimated at $10,000 – $15,000), immerses the viewer into the serene atmosphere of the sunny day. Shcherbakov graduated from the Imperial Academy of Arts in 1939. He painted landscapes, portraits of his contemporaries, and also worked on church frescoes. Shcherbakov received numerous State awards, and his paintings are held in the collections of the world’s leading museums and international representative offices. The auction will also feature a winter landscape by the artist.

Note:

  • Unframed, the painting appears in age-appropriate condition.
  • Overall scattered losses resulting from flaking.
  • Two horizontal scuffs visible, the largest visible to the lower center edge, measuring 8 cm in length.
  • Minor wear to the corners.
  • Inspection under UV light shows no sign of restoration. Unframed.
Lev Tschistovsky
Lev Tschistovsky (1902-1969).
“The green gloves”.
Pencil and watercolor on paper. 37*51 cm. Framed dimensions: 65*80 cm.
Signed and inscribed lower right.
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A watercolour “The green gloves” by Lev Tschistovsky (estimated at$10,000 – $15,000) pictures a nude female figure – one of the most frequently reproduced scenes by the artist. Monochrome painting in the grisaille technique creates the allusion of the staged photo. Cold accents of blue and green contrast with the main colour, and create theatre aesthetics in the work.

Note:

  • Observed in frame, the watercolor appears in very good condition.
  • No apparent issues visible to the naked eye, with no significant issues to report. Not inspected under UV light.

Provenance:

  • Christie's New York, 23 April 2009, lot 321
  • Acquired at the above by present owner
A porcelain figural mantle clock of pyramidal form.
A porcelain figural mantle clock of pyramidal form.
Imperial Porcelain Factory.
St. Petersburg, period of Nicholas I (1825-1855). Height: 32 cm; width: 40 cm.
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A porcelain figural mantle clock of pyramidal form, Imperial Porcelain Factory, St. Petersburg, period of Nicholas I (estimated at $32,000 – $37,000) is decorated with the figurines of a romancing shepherd and shepherdess next to three resting sheep, and a peaceful dog. Gilt and painting depicting a bouquet of wild roses. Roman chapters and five minute marks in Arabic numerals. Marked with cypher of Nicholas I blue underglaze underbase.

Note:

  • The mantle clock appears in good condition.
  • Scattered fine cracks most notably to the pyramidal form and to the interior of the front shell form.
  • Minor chip to the flowers next to the shepherd.
  • When wound the clock appears in working condition, the interior of the clock has not been expected and the back cover has not been removed. Not accompanied by a winding key.
  • Inspection under UV shows re-gilding to the front and side shell and scrolls forms. Retouching to the flowers next to the shepherd.

Provenance:

  • Sotheby's New York, 23 October 2014, lot 172
  • Acquired at the above by the present owner.
Oscar Rabin
Oscar Rabin (1928-2018).
“Rabine Oscar, 1994”.
Oil on canvas. 76*95,5 cm.
Signed and dated lower left, dated, titled and numbered 1147 on verso.
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“Rabine Oscar” 1994 г. (estimated at $25,000 – $35,000) keeps the symbols used by Oscar Rabin to convey his perception of the world: flowers, broken-backed house, and fish. The composition embraces two balanced contrasting light spots occupying the whole canvas. A bouquet of flowers in the left part with white inflorescence painted in detail supports the concept of light, thus projecting the idea of rebirth and spring. Another work by Oscar Rabin will be featured in auction.

Provenance:

  • Neuhoff Gallery, New York acquired directly from the artist.
  • Purchased from the above, Private Collection.
  • Acquired from the above by the present owner.

Note:

  • This painting will be included in the catalogue raisonne on the artist, in preparation by Marc Ivasilevitch.
  • Observed in frame, the painting appears in very good condition. Inspection under UV light shows no apparent sign of restoration. Framed dimensions:77,5*97 cm.

Exhibited:

  • New York, Neuhoff Gallery.
  • Moscow: The Group, October-November 1995

Literature:

  • Matthew Baigell, Alexander Borovsky, and Galina Manevich, Moscow: The Group (New York: Neuhoff Gallery, 1995), ex. cat., p. 48 (illustrated, also featured on cover)

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