Results of «Gelos» on-line sales

Harquebus. Western Europe. Late XVII–early XVIII century. Steel, hammer-work, wood, carving, bone incrustation. Barrel’s length – 78 cm. Whole length – 106 cm. Starting price 230,000 rubles. Sold for 230,000 rubles. «Moscow-Kiev-London». «Gelos», Moscow. December 3

On Saturday, December 3, a Moscow-based auction house «Gelos» held its on-line sales Moscow-London-Kiev. Buyers from those three European capitals took part in the auction. More than three hundred bids had been made via Internet before the sales were launched.

Highlights of the auction included 12 important lots: an antique book, nine porcelain decorative plates, a harquebus and a flint-gun. A possible top-lot – an extremely rare edition «Russia in pictures: historical, economical and social aspects» in 12 volumes (St. Petersburg, M. Wolf’s printing house, 1881–1901) failed to sell.

The unique book «Russia in pictures» was created by a number of renowned artists, photographs and researchers under the editorship of the vice-chairman of the Imperial Russian Geographical Society P. Semenov-Tyan-Shansky. The starting price of the lot was one million rubles.

Among other interesting editions was XVIII century book titled «Euclid’s elements, selected by doctor of mathematics Andrew Farhvarson and translated from Latin into Russian by a surgeon Ivan Satarov» (St. Petersburg, The Naval Academy printing house, 1739). This is the first Russian translation of «Euclid’s elements», made by the Admiralty surgeon and translator Ivan Satarov during the reign of Empress Anna. The starting price of the book was 180,000 rubles, but it fetched 300,000 rubles.

Decorative plate. «Duck hunt». Russia, St. Petersburg, Imperial Porcelain Factory, 1827, porcelain, overglaze painting, gilding, matting, diameter 24 cm. Starting price 60,000 rubles. Sold for 240,000 rubles. «Gelos», Moscow. December 3

Five porcelain painted plates (St. Petersburg, Imperial Porcelain Factory, 1827, diameter 24 cm) had the same starting price 60,000 rubles. The plates made 95,000 rubles each. The sixth plate from that series was sold for 90,000 rubles. A plate «Duck hunt» (St. Petersburg, Imperial Porcelain Factory, 1827, diameter 24 cm) made 240,000 rubles, while a plate «A girl with flowers» realized 190,000 rubles.

A harquebus dating the late XVII–early XVIII century was sold for 230,000 rubles. The harquebus’ barrel has a bronze gilded sight bead and a later adjustable rear sight. There is a manufacturer’s mark in the breech end of the barrel, a man’s image and three letters «G.V.M» below it. A running deer is depicted in the cheek-piece of the harquebus. There is a minor crack in the stock.

A Balkan flint-gun (second half of XVIII century, caliber 1,55 cm, starting price 28,000 rubles) managed to fetch quite impressive 90,000 rubles. The bronze grip of the gun is richly decorated with flower and geometrical ornament; the manufacturer’s mark is inscribed in arabesque.

According to «Gelos» experts, the majority of buyers bided from the main «Gelos» auction hall in Moscow. 30% of buyers attended the auction site in Kiev. London took the third place.

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