Applied Art from «Cabinet»

Expecting Christmas holidays the auction house «Cabinet» organizes the first in Russia specialized auction «Russian Decorative and Applied Art of the XIX–XX centuries». Sales specialized in decorative and applied art are rare. They are held from time to time by Christie’s and Sotheby’s and have been never held in Russia.

Nowadays collectors and art dealers are getting more and more interested in such sales. Usually the collections feature items with unique history and of refined décor. The example is Rostropovich-Vishnevskaya collection that is going to be kept in Konstantinovsky Palace in the suburbs of St. Petersburg. World auction houses almost always put up for sale articles by Faberge Company. «Winter» Easter egg by Faberge workshop was auctioned at Christie’s in the April of 2002 for $9 579 000, setting a record for any Russian item of decorative and applied art. In the nearest future a new record could be set by an Easter egg by Faberge company put up for sale at Christie’s London salesrooms in the Russian art sales that will be held in November 28 (estimate £6 000 000–9 000 000 ($12 000 000–18 000 000)).

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Imperial Porcelain in the Kremlin

On October 19 the exhibition «Porcelain ware and ceramics of the Imperial Porcelain Factory from the collection of the State Hermitage Museum» was opened in the exhibition hall of the Assumption Belfry in the Kremlin.

The exposition is devoted to products of the most famous native porcelain manufacturer. It is referred to the Imperial Porcelain Factory founded in 1744 and closed after the revolution. The factory should have become the focus of the best art force, style setter and big experimental centre.

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Dutch Painting in Favour

Auction house Glerum Auctioneers is holding sales «Painting of the XIX century» September, the 15th. The auction presents works of Dutch painters of the XIX century – Louis Apol, Willem Knip, Jacob Maris, Henriette Ronner-Knip and others.

The most expensive lot of the coming sales is the painting «River in Enkhausen» by famous Dutch landscape Cornelis Springer. Springer was a teacher of many other famous Dutch painters. The canvas was estimated by €120 000–150 000.

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Tiziano. Late years

Tiziano. Portrait of Father Paul III. About 1545–1546. Oil on canvas

September, the 15th the exhibition «Tiziano. Late years» dedicated to the last period of his creative work was opened in Italian Palazzo Crepadona in Belluno, Veneto region. It represents 100 paintings, pictures and engravings of Tiziano.

Tiziano Vecellio (about 1480–1576) is an Italian painter of the époque of High and Late Renaissance. Giogione’s works influenced him the most. Tiziano worked with him and finished some of his paintings that remained incomplete after his premature death. In 1533 Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, appointed Tiziano his official painter. In 1548 and 1550 Tiziano visited imperial palace in Augsburg and in 1550 got acquainted with Charles’ son – the future king of Spain Philip II. Philip II became his protector. Tiziano is known for both his portraits and pictures on religious subjects, for example «Pietà» (about 1573-1576).

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Gold of SHM

The exhibition «Gold: Metal of Gods and God of Metals» continues its work in The State Historic Museum. One can see outstanding historical and cultural monuments of the last two millenniums made of gold or with its use that usually are kept in SHM funds.

The first section represents models of Orthodox church service (icons, books etc.). Also one can become acquainted with unique monuments of other Christian confessions and other religions.

The second section represents objects that are connected with some events of Russian and world history and historic persons. One can see nuggets, state weight standards, unique enamel portraits of Peter I and its heirs, precious arms, medals. For the first time «regiment silver» (vessels, cups and vases) of the oldest regiments of the Russian Army is shown.

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Christie’s to View Masterpieces in Pashkov House

Christie’s to stage first exhibition in newly restored Pashkov House. Exhibition to include exceptional masterpieces including works by Amedeo Modigliani, Andy Warhol, Sir Peter Paul Rubens, Natalia Goncharova and Fabergé.

Moscow – Christie’s, the world’s leading art business, is delighted to announce an exhibition of exceptional works of art which will take place at The Russian State Library, Pashkov House from 18 to 20 October 2007. As Russia becomes an increasingly influential international centre for art and culture, Christie’s continues to invest in the region.

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Gene Shapiro to Hold Russian Auction on October 20, 2007

STAMFORD, U.S.A. – Yevgeny Shapiro, founder of Trinity Fine Arts auction house, a fine arts auction house in Connecticut, U.S.A. has announced that he has left Trinity to form his own auction house, Gene Shapiro Auctions, LLC., specializing in Russian art. The inaugural auction of Gene Shapiro Auctions, LLC will be held on October 20, 2007 in Stamford, Connecticut
Shapiro was born in St. Petersburg and emigrated at a young age to the U.S. He worked at Sotheby’s and as a private dealer before starting his own auction house. Shapiro is very positive about the market for Russian art in the U.S.A. He says, «I think now is an especially good time for international buyers to be buying Russian art in America. There are still many works here by important Russian artists that were bought by private American collectors long ago. And the weakness of the dollar, especially in comparison to the pound, makes buying in the United States much more attractive to the collector of Russian art».

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Published in: on October 8, 2007 at 9:23 am  Leave a Comment  
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Zinaida Serebriakova in the Russian State Museum

Serebriakova Z. At the dressing table. Self-portrait. 1909. Oil on canvas

October, the 11th will be the opening day of the exposition “Zinaida Serebriakova. Naked”. The exposition is going to take place in the Russian State museum, Benois Wing. Unique works of the artist created for the villa “Manuar du Rele” of baron de Brouera will be demonstrated in Russia for the first time.

Canvas were painted in 1936–1937 and correspond to the late cycle of Zinaida Serebriakova’s pictures. They came upon Russia thanks for the “Trumph” gallery that negotiated with baron’s heirs on their purchase for more than two years. Representatives of the gallery deny to tell the sum that was paid for the collection.

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Dutch Arms and Armour at Bonhams

Flintlock duel pistols. England. Master н. Barnett. 1787. Steel, wood, silvering. Sold for £40,000. Antique Arms and Armour. Bonhams. London, April 4, 2007

On November 28, the London-based auction house Bonhams will hold auction titled «Fine Antique Arms & Armour from the H. L. Visser Collection». The important sale will feature old arms and armour from the comprehensive collection of H. Visser.

The visitors to the event will receive an opportunity to buy rare and unique Dutch weapons dating XVIth–XVIIth centuries. According to the experts of the auction house, the sale is expected to realize 1,500,000. At the time, arms and armour made by Dutch masters was very valued in European countries, and greatly influenced development of weaponry in the world.
Renowned collector H.L. Visser contributed a lot to popularization of Dutch arms. His collection of old weapons is considered to be the most comprehensive in the world. Among the stars of his assembly were forty-seven very important pistols with ivory handles. In 1950s Visser worked at the celebrated weapons factory De Kruithoorn.

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Naval Dirks and Blades at the Artillery Museum

Naval officer’s dirk. The First Empire. France. 1804–1814. From the collection of D.A. Fedourin

On July 11 the Museum of Artillery, Engineers and Signal Corps launched subject exhibition «Naval Dirks and Blade» comprising cold steel arms from the comprehensive collection of a renowned St. Petersburg-based collector D.A. Fedourin.

Different styles of dirk were worn by European and American forces on land and sea. Easier to carry than swords, dirks gained favor as lighter side arms among many military and naval officers during the 17th through 19th centuries. In some navies, they continued to be worn by midshipmen and cadets well into the 20th century. Numerous examples of naval dirks have survived from the earlier age of sail, some with histories of use during naval engagements. Most naval dirks were worn primarily on dress occasions, however, and consequently although attractive many were not designed for use in battle.

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