Russian Sales in New York: Waiting for Sensations

K.A. Korovin. Korovin’s studio, Gurzuf, Crimea. 1914. Oil on canvas. 116.8 И 87.4. Estimate $400,000-600,000

According to the news agency «Russian Antique», an auction house Sotheby’s has announced the date of the coming Russian sales in New York. The auction will be held at the Sotheby’s New York branch at 1334 York Avenue through April 26–28. The bidding will start at 10 am in local time. Supposedly, the second Russian sale in New York will cause a number of sensations.

K.E. Makovsky. The toilet of Venus. Oil on canvas. 243.0 И 370.0. Estimate $750,000-1,100,000

Alongside with classic artworks of XIX century, which produce stable profit to the auction house, the important sale «Russian Art 2006» will feature pieces by modern Russian artists. It was the auction house Sotheby’s, which held the remarkable sales of contemporary Russian art in Moscow in 1988; that auction immediately made works by young Moscow artists known and valued by collectors and art dealers worldwide.

B.M. Kustodiev. Portrait of Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna. 1913. Oil on canvas. 112.0 И 145.0.
Estimate $700,000-1,000,000

Money realized from sale of some lots in the Modern Art section will be spent on charitable purposes. The traditional Classic Section will feature paintings and applied art pieces dating XIX–early XX century. Among the top-lots of the sale is a canvas «Dressing Venus» (243,0 И 370,0 cm) by Konstantin Makovsky. According to the newspaper «Kommersant», the unique painting is expected to fetch from $750,000 to $1,000,000.

Other highlights include an exceptional «Portrait of a Man in a Red Tie» by Robert Falk. The undated painting is estimated at $800,000–1,200,000. A «Portrait of the Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna» by Boris Kustodiev dating 1913 is auctioned with a pre-sale estimate $700,000–1,100,000. The Grand Duchess Maria was a president of the Imperial Academy of Arts, while her husband was a renowned patron of arts at the turn of XIX–XX centuries.

A painting «Harvest Time» by Boris Grigoriev is estimated at $300,000–400,000. The artist often participated in exhibitions organized by an art group «Mir Iskusstva» (World of Art). Though the painter was not an antagonist of the October turnover (Grigoriev took part in decorating of Petrograd for celebrations of the 1st anniversary of revolution), he emigrated in 1919. A 1914 painting «Artist’s Studio in Gurzuf» by Konstantin Korovin is estimated at $400,000–600,000.

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