New records and surprises at Christie’s Russian sales

I. Aivazovsky. «A Fishing boat with a Russian merchant brig at anchor». 1871, oil on canvas, 200,0 И 220,0 cm, estimate £800,000–1,200,000, sold for £800,000

Christie’s held its Important Russian Pictures and Russian Works of Art sales on November 30.

The sales totaled staggering £19,355,600, while last year Russian paintings at Christie’s fetched £9,268,706 and Russian applied art pieces brought £2,875,711.

A new world record for a Russian painting was set on Wednesday. The canvas «Odalisque» by a famous Russian artist Boris Kustodiev became the most expensive Russian picture ever sold at auction, and set a personal record for the artist. The 1919 work (35,0 И 50,0 cm, oil on canvas) was sold for £1,500,000 (around $2,700,000). The previous record was set at a Christie’s auction last year by Aivazovsky’s cityscape «St. Isaac’s Cathedral in winter» (£1,125,750).

Among other highlights of the Russian sales were «Pierrot and Dame» by Konstantine Somov, «Lady with a pink fan» by Robert Falk and «Midday tea at the terrace» by Konstantine Korovin – they made impressive £1,150,000, £900,000 and £550,000 respectively.

Surprisingly, top-lots of the auction failed to be successful. A painting «A Fishing boat with a Russian merchant brig at anchor» (1871, oil on canvas, 200,0 И 220,0 cm, estimate £800,000–1,200,000, first time auctioned) by Ivan Aivazovsky realized «only» £800,000. Another sale’s highlight «View form a window of an old house in Vvedenskoje» by Maria Yakunchikova (estimate £150,000–200,000) failed to sell.

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