Results of Russian Week at Christie’s

N. Goncharova. Still life with water-melon. Oil on canvas. Lot sold for £1 553 250. Christie’s. Russian Pictures Part I. London, November 26

London – On November 27, traditional autumn week of Russian Auctions was over. During 5 days the leading houses of the world held here more than 10 auctions of art and objects of collecting. The most interesting auctions were held by Christie’s which is considered one of the leading experts in a sphere of Russian art.

In total Christie’s exposed on sale five large collections – Russian applied (Russian Works of Art, on November 24), painting and graphic art in two parts (Russian Pictures part I, II, on November 26) and books (Valuable Russian Books and Manuscripts, on November 27). Moreover, on November 27, “combined auction” was organized. It included works of painting, icons and applied art which did not enter the basic collections. On November 24, Christie’s exposed on the auctions an excellent line of icons and relicts of the orthodox world.

The sales totaled £7 929 362. According to statistics, Christie’s managed to sell 59 % (117 of 199) lots.

The main top lot was Natalia Goncharova’s picture The Still-Life with Water-Melons which was sold by auction for £1 553 250 hardly having exceeded the estimate. The second place was taken by Alexey Kharlamov’s genre composition Bouquet Arranging sold for £713 250 (estimate £700 000-900 000). The next – The Peasant in Red Shawl by Abram Arhipov. The work was sold for £553 000 having exceeded the estimate more than in twice. Other interesting lots were also Arhipov’s other works including The Young Peasant sold for £433 250 (estimate: £100 000). The Self-Portrait with Brush by Vladimir Baranov-Rossine was bought for £457 250 by an anonymous collector from Russia.

At least three pictures from the list of top 10 returned to Russia, two are now in collections of the European collectors. Buyers of five other works preferred to stay anonymous.

The similar situation was in a section of applied art. The sales totaled £2 854 775, and the number of the sold lots – the same 59 %. The most expensive lot was the icon in the enamel framework by the Moscow master of 19th century of Pavel Ovchinnikov. The lot was sold for £265 250 having exceeded the estimate (£100 000-120 000) considerably.

Works by Faberge firm was of traditional popularity. Gold watch with enamel by Henrik Wingstrem was sold for £193 250. Another highlight is the complete set of Order of St. Anna (a badge and a star) sold by auction for £265 250.

Valuable Russian Books and Manuscripts auction became the most successful in number of sales. The sales totaled £705 587, thus Christie’s managed to sell 85 of 132 lots. The rare edition of the book Sacred Coronation of Emperor Alexander III was sold for £73 250. The book was printed in limited circulation in Petersburg in 1883.

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