Russian Works of Art / May 25Wed, May 24, 2017 at 10am EDT |
Inaugural Sale of Russian Works of Art on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 10am
Featuring Many Offerings with Russian Imperial Provenances
Offered as a Special Section of the Sale of English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts
On Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 10am, Doyle will hold its inaugural sale of Russian Works of Art. The auction showcases a wide selection of Imperial Russian and Soviet decorative arts from American private collections. From Fabergé to porcelain, silver to icons, the sale offers approximately 200 lots. Many offerings include Russian Imperial provenances, among them a gold and enamel presentation snuff box with the diamond cypher of Empress Maria Alexandrovna (1824-1880), wife of Emperor Alexander II (1818-1881); a gold pocket watch depicting Emperor Alexander III (1845-1894) and engraved with the facsimile signature of his wife, Empress Maria Feodorovna (1847-1928).
The Russian Works of Art auction will be offered as a special section of the sale of English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts. It is being organized by Doyle's Russian Works of Art Specialist Mark Moehrke. Read the Specialist Bio.
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 another portrait by the artist, The Younger Daughter of Mrs. WIlliam K. Vanderbilt, in same sale.
Fabergé Desk Clock
Mrs. W.B. Leeds (1873-1923) was a prominent member of London society and one of the most important clients of Fabergé in London. Between 1915 and 1916, Mrs. Leeds purchased 65 pieces from Fabergé’s London branch, including a circa 1914 Fabergé silver-gilt and guilloché enamel desk clock (est. $55,000-65,000). In 1920, she married Prince Christopher of Greece and Denmark (1888-1940), the youngest son of King George I of Greece (1845-1913), and became Princess Anastasia.
Imperial Gold Snuff Box
Commissioned by the Russian Imperial Court from the eminent German goldsmith, C.M. Weishaupt Söhne, an exquisite gold snuff box in the sale was applied with the diamond cypher of Russian Empress Maria Alexandrovna (1824-1880), wife of Emperor Alexander II (1818-1881), and was intended as a royal presentation gift (est. $12,000-18,000).
The sale will offer an extensive selection of more than 50 porcelain figures and plates dating from the early nineteenth century to the early Soviet period. Represented are examples by the Imperial Porcelain Manufactory and the Gardner, Popov, Kuznetsov, and Dmitrovsk manufactories (est. range $1,000-18,000).
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.
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).