Cristie’s could not sell Russian painters

I. Shishkin. Mast Pine Forest in Viatka Province. 1889. Oil on canvas. 78,7 И 107,3. Lot sold for £1 386 250. Russian Art. Cristie’s. London, June 11

Results of the Russian art sales at Cristie’s held in London on June 11, did not coincide with expectation of organizers. The auction fetched £11 300 000. It was supposed that the auction sales will total from £13 100 000 to £9 200 000. Only 3 top lots from 10 were sold by auction. The others 7 were not sold.

Thus, the results of the auction sales «shook» ordinary auction prices. According to collectors the prices for many objects of Russian art were overestimated. Estimates for pictures by Russian painters are in a line with famous artists-impressionists. That is why collectors prefer to buy works by the last one. Ivan Shishkin’s picture Mast Pine Forest in Viatka Province became the top lot of the auction sales in London. The work fetched £1 386 250. Works by Peter Konchalovsky were the second and the third top lots. A picture Portrait of Todzuro Kavarasaki, a Japanese Actor was sold by auction for £1 049 250. The second picture France. Parc Montsouris. Chestnut Tree was sold for lower price of £577 250. Peter Konchalovsky is one of the first Russian avant-gardists. In the period of the USSR he was awarded the National award of the USSR as the most popular artist of the country. It is an interesting fact that Konchalovsky’s talent was recognized either by the authorities or «underground» artists, both in the USSR, and abroad.

The auction also represented pictures by Makovsky, Polenov, Aivazovsky, Somov and other painters. The list of top lots included On the Coast at Night (sold for £301 250), Survivors of a Shipwreck on a Rocky Path by Ivan Aivazovsky (sold for £361 250) and Venice by Alexey Bogoliubov (sold for £301 250). Alexey Bogoliubov is a famous Russian marine painter. He lived in Paris for more than 30 years. He contributed to the development of the Russian-French cultural contacts a lot. The painter liked to travel to Venice very much. His work is full of landscapes of this Italian city, and according to experts there are over 50 pictures. Bogoliubov is also considered the master of the depiction of figures of gondoliers.

The auction also represented not only works by the Russian painters but also items of applied art, military regalia, silver and porcelain. Among them is interesting Caucasian shashka made in approximately 1990. The handle of shashka is decorated with gold pattern and has miniature images of the Saint George. The steel support and a sheath are also gilded. The set has a leather belt for shashka. It is a known fact that the shashka belonged to Prince Nikolay Nikolaevich. The lot was sold for £67 250.

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