For a week prior to the beginning of Russian week held in London from November 24 – 27, Christie’s cut down the catalogue of painting of the 19th–20th centuries. According to the head of the Christie’s international department of Russian Art Alex Tithengauzen, the auction house put off the sales over 20 lots in middle price category having taken only the most qualitative (expensive) works. ”Nobody want to buy average works by Russian artists”, – the expert comments on a situation.
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.
A Paris Auction House Aguttes together with Cabinet d’Expertise Dan Coissard held sales specialised in the works of impressionists, post-impressionists, art-nouveau and abstract paintings on June 26. As it was announced by Russian Antique information agency, the event took place in the Drouot Hotel in Paris.
Continuing the Russian Week on the threshold of special Russian Sales of the famous French Auction House Tajan, Russian paintings of the XIX and XX centuries were presented by special auction section.