Russian Works of ArtWed, May 24, 2017 at 10am EDT |
Inaugural Sale of Russian Works of Art on May 24, 2017 at 10am
Consignments Are Currently Being Accepted
We Invite You to Contact Us for a Complimentary Auction Evaluation of Your Russian Works of Art
On Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 10am, Doyle will hold its inaugural sale of Russian Works of Art. The auction will be offered as a special section of the sale of English & Continental Furniture & Decorations and Old Master Paintings. It is being organized by Doyle's new Russian Works of Art Specialist Mark Moehrke. Read the Specialist Bio.
Russian Jeweled Pendant Eggs
The egg as a symbol of new life dates back centuries and is found in diverse cultures throughout the world, however, no country’s artistic tradition is more closely associated with the egg than Russia’s. In Imperial Russia, the Orthodox Easter holiday was celebrated not only with the decoration and blessing of eggs, but also with the exchange of decorative gifts in the form of eggs. The ultimate expression of this tradition was the presentation each year at Easter of magnificent jeweled eggs by Fabergé by Emperor Nicholas II to Empress Alexandra Feodorovna and the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna. This tradition was followed by the rest of Russian society on a more modest scale. Members of affluent families would present each other with precious miniature pendant eggs by Fabergé and other prominent Russian jewelers. These eggs were decorated with Easter symbols, expressions of love, or fashionable ornament of the time. They were typically made of gold, enamel or native Russian hardstones and set with diamonds or precious stones. Over successive Easters, a lady could accumulate a considerable collection of miniature eggs which she would have strung on a gold necklace or multiple necklaces by her mature years. The sale offers three circa 1900 Russian pendant eggs that have descended in the same family since the early 20th century, They include two examples probably by Fabergé and one by Friedrich Köchli (est. range $2,000-5,000).
Bronze by Prince Paul Troubetzkoy
The celebrated sculptor Prince Paul Troubetzkoy (1866-1938) was a born to an aristocratic Russian diplomat father and an American opera singer mother. Raised in Italy, he moved to Russia at the end of the 19th century where he established a studio and accepted a position as professor at the Art Academy in Moscow. Troubetzkoy was soon in high demand as a society portraitist, being particularly favored by the Russian Imperial family. He spent his professional life between Moscow, Paris and New York, and as a result of his social status and artistic accomplishments, he became a celebrity among those he depicted. Among his prominent clients were Emperor Alexander II, Grand Duchess Elisabeth Feodorovna, Prime Minister Count Sergei Witte, Leo Tolstoy, Giacomo Puccini, George Bernard Shaw, and members of the Vanderbilt family. The sale offers a 1898 bronze, Mother and Child (Princess Gagarina and Her Daughter), a standing portrait of the artist’s cousin, one of a select group from Troubetzkoy’s oeuvre of mothers and children (est. $30,000-50,000). The tender domesticity is in marked contrast to the sophistication and glamor of the artist’s better known society portraits.
Soviet Porcelain Charger
The sale offers a rare Soviet porcelain charger is the work of Aleksandra Belcova (1892-1981), a Latvian painter and graphic artist (est. $3,000-5,000). Belova studied in St. Petersburg, Paris, and Berlin, and her work was strongly influenced by Cubism and the Soviet avant-garde. In the 1920s, she moved to Riga, Latvia, where she began to produce paintings on porcelain for the Baltars Worskhop, of which this plate is an early example. The quality of her work rivaled that of the finest artists working for the State Porcelain Manufactory in Leningrad. Further examples of Belcova's work are preserved in the Museum of Romans Suta and Aleksandra Belcova in Riga.
We Invite You to Auction!
Consignments are currently being accepted for the inaugural auction of Russian Works of Art on May 24. We invite you to contact us for a complimentary auction evaluation. Our specialists are always available to discuss the sale of a single item or an entire collection. For information, please contact Mark Moehrke, Vice President/Director, Russian Works of Art, 212-427-4141, ext. 272, or Russian@Doyle.com