Tycoon Ivanov Reveals $1.5 Billion Faberge Surprise for Germany

The Rothschild Faberge egg which Alexlander Ivanov

Alexander Ivanov sits at his desk in Moscow, giving his first interview about the world’s only museum dedicated to the Russian Imperial jeweler Faberge.

The collector had originally planned to show his treasure trove of Russian art in the country’s capital and now reveals it will open instead on May 9 in the German spa town of Baden- Baden. Ivanov, 46, says he’s a patriot and only changed his mind because of the high cost of building and Russian bureaucracy. He says his 3,000-piece collection is worth about $1.5 billion.


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Exhibition of Faberge’s works in India

On December 5, the National Museum in India, New Delhi opened the exhibition Faberge. Jewelry of the Russian Empire. In general the exhibition represents over 192 works by Charles Faberge’s jewelry house. Among them 53 objects are taken from the collection of Victor Vekselberg, the others – from a collection of the state Russian museums.

The exposition included famous Easter eggs as well as decorative figurines, enamels, and also a collection of semi-precious stones. All the objects are made by the masters of Faberge firm in different periods of time on order as presents.


Faberge umbrella saved from car boot sale

Umbrella with a handle by M. Perchin. Faberge Jewellery House. 1886–1903. Bowenite

The woman had been given the treasure by her mother-in-law but kept it hidden in a cupboard without realising the handle was the work of a Russian master jeweller. It was only when she had a clear-out and took a few items to the jeweller Jethro Marles, that she realised its true value. She had been planning to either give the items to a charity shop or sell them at a car boot sale. Mr Marles says, “She had no idea what it was worth so when I said it was worth at least £15,000, she was gobsmacked.”


Published in: on January 27, 2009 at 12:42 pm  Leave a Comment  
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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.


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Russian sales at Bonham’s

б. Exter. Seven against Thebes. Oil on canvas. Estimate £600 000–800 000. Lot is not sold. Bonham’s. The Russian Sale. London, November 24

On November 24 – 27, the traditional week of Russian art was held in London. The largest auction houses of the world including Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Bonham’s exposed on sales thousands of works by Russian masters – classical and modern painting, icons, works of graphic and applied art. Certainly, the depression of art market affected the results of a week – results of the sales did not justified expectations of auctioneers. On the other hand, Russian art proved its popularity. It shows acceptable percent of sales and some large records. Sotheby’s and Christie’s showed the best results while Bonham’s and Mac Dougall could not compete. There are some reasons. Participants of MacDougall auction noted very high estimates and expressed readiness to wait for the reduction of prices.


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Top 10 of Russian Week sales held in November

K. Malevich. Suprematic composition. 1916. Oil on canvas. Lot sold for $60 002 500. Sotheby’s. Impressionists and Modern Art. New York, November 3


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Watches, Sculpture and Faberge Brooch at Bidding in Salzburg

Arno Lehmann. Flory. Germany. 1951. Ceramics. Lot was sold at a price of €12 500. Dorotheum. Jewellery, Watches & Decorative Art. Salzburg, October 9.

Dorotheum Jewellery, Watches & Decorative Art bidding took place on October 9 in Salzburg. 462 lots included almost all styles of decorative art such as watches, jewellery, porcelain, miniature plastic arts, and toys and so on. There was sold scarcely less than half of the collection.

The most stable results were shown by porcelain and silverware. There were sold most all of the lots. The average estimate was €300-3000.


Published in: on November 18, 2008 at 12:55 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Unexpected joy” on the Russian sales in Germany

Icon of the Most Holy Mother of God (Unexpected joy). Karl Faberge’s workshop. 1908 – 1917.  Moscow. Frame: silver, chasing, filigree, cabochons. Estimate: €18 000, Dr. Fisher. Russian Works of Art, Faberge & Paintings. Heilbronn, November, 29

A rare and very valuable icon of Karl Faberge´ workshop will be exposed for bidding from Dr.Fisher Auction House that will take place on November, 29. The auction will be held in German city Heilbronn and will represent the series of interesting works of applied and decorative art, including several excellent objects of court goldsmithery for connoisseurs of Russian art.

The icon of the Most Holy Mother of God, known as “Unexpected joy” has appeared in the antiquarian market not for the first time. In 1974 it was sold by Sotheby’s Auction and since “it has been in the small, but rather refined private collection of one banker’s family”. The icon was made by masters of Moscow manufacture by Karl Faberge and dated 1908 – 1917. The depiction of the Mother of God with her son is based on the story of a saint Dmitriy Rostovsky about transforming a sinner into a god-fearing person. The image is encased in silver frame, executed with a high level of excellence, decorated with chasing, filigree and numerous cabochons. The lot was estimated at €18 000, but one should not close out the possibility of a serious rising of the estimate. Russian icons used to be in great constant demand in the antiquarian market. But the ones connected with the name of Karl Faberge provoke special interest, such as, for a example “Christ Pantocrator” sold by Sotheby’ s auction for € 780 000 on April, 16.


Treasure of Russia. Seven centuries of the jeweler’s art

Yekaterinburg – On August 14, the Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Art launched the exhibition Treasures of Russia. Seven Centuries of Jeweler’s Art. The exhibition represents works of applied art of the 14th – early 20th century from the collection of the State Historical Museum.

Two halls feature 119 works made of gold and silver of various idioms of artistic metal decoration: smithery, moulding, stamping, carving, filigree, niello, engraving and enamel.


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Faberge Museum to be opened in Moscow

K. Faberge. The Easter egg. Collection of the Link of Time Fund

Faberge museum will be opened in Moscow in 2012. It will exhibit the unique collection of works from a workshop by the court jeweler. The founder of a new museum will be the Link of Times Fund belonging to Victor Vekselberg, Chairman of the board of directors of the Russian Aluminum Incorporation.

The Link of Times Fund has over 500 exhibits. It has the largest collection of items from Faberge workshop including the collection of Easter eggs redeemed in 2004 from the Forbs family. Victor Vekselberg’s fund is going to exhibit some part of the collection in Vatican in 2009, and in 2010 to open the exposition of Faberge in St. Petersburg, in the halls of the restored Shuvalov Palace.


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