Aivazovsky and princess Olga are marked names of the Russian art.

Aivazovsky. Sea landscape. 1886. Canvas, oil. Estimate is not determined. Bruun Rasmussen. Russian. Copenhagen, 21 of November

Bruun Rasmussen takes up the torch of the «Russian auction». The auction, dedicated to the fine art and decorative-applied art, will take place in Copenhagen on the 21 of November. To the attention of collectors there will be presented 371 lots, that include painting, graphic works, drawing, sculpture, china and jewelry. The time frames of the auction are wide enough, however the most part of lots is dated the second half of the 19 century.

The imperial Easter egg, made by the unknown master to the three hundredth anniversary of the Romanovs’ dynasty in 1913, got the estimate € 270000 – one of the most high. Contrary to the stable tradition, the egg was not made by Foberzhe, but by one of his masters, though that was not proved. Nowadays in Moscow Kremlin there preserved a similar egg, made in the same year by Karl Foberzhe. The egg, presented at the auction, though it isn’t the copy, made in the stylistics of the original. Gilded silver egg is decorated with the miniatures, depicting members of the imperial family, also with the filigree and delicate painting on the enamel. Within the egg there is a silver model of the Ipatevsky monastery.

Potential top lot at the auction is a beautiful sea landscape painted by Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky (1817-1900) dated 1886. The estimate of the canvas isn’t determined, however obviously, it will evoke great interest among the purchasers. There are many examples of it. On the 19 of September another work of the artist «The shore landscape in Italy» was sold at the auction of the Swiss house Koller for € 1668000. Genre composition of Mikhail Vasilevich Nesterov (1862-1942) «Before the departure» will be exhibited with the estimate € 135000. The picture was painted in 1880 and was exhibited within the framework of the third annual exhibition of the student’s works of the Moscow school of painting, sculpture and architecture. Then for a long time it belonged to the great princess Olga Aleksandrovna Romanova-Kulikovskaya. Not long before her departure to Canada princess exhibited the canvas at the auction, that took place in Denmark in 1948. From that time the painting was in the private Danish collection.

Further it is necessary to note the painting of Nikolay Petrovich Bogdanov-Belsky (1868-1945) «The winter landscape with the children in sledge», estimated at € 80 500-105 000. This work of art was made in the beginning of 1920 and related to the so called Latvian period of the painter’s creation, when he worked out a special style, combined a traditional genre composition and an impressionistic technique of painting.

At the end of the auction Bruun Rasmussen will exhibit more than 50 paintings and aquarelles of Olga Aleksandrovna Romanova-Kulikovskaya’s brush. It is necessary to pay attention to the painting «A peasant woman near the monastery gates», estimated at €2700-3350. The last great princess of the Russian Empire, Olga Aleksandrovna left a rich artistic legacy. After the revolution and death of the imperial family she had been living during few decades in Denmark from where she was forced to immigrate to Canada. She also had to leave or sell the most part of her collection, that included works of the greatest Russian artists of the 19 century, and also her own works which were sold to the museums and private collections of Denmark. In December of the last year Bruun Rasmussen conducted an important specialized auction where the best paintings and personal things of great princess were presented.

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