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Russian Works of Art

Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 10am EST |
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2018-01-31 10:00:00 2018-01-31 18:00:00 America/New_York Russian Works of Art Featuring Property from the Descendants of Grand Duke George Mikhailovich. Please note that the end time is an estimate based on average auction duration and is not guaranteed; auctions may end earlier or later than their estimated end time. New York Doyle
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Exhibition Dates
Sat, Jan 27
10am – 5pm

Sun, Jan 28
12pm – 5pm

Mon, Jan 29
10am – 6pm


Doyle New York
175 East 87th Street
New York,  NY  10128

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  • Auction of Russian Works of Art on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 10am
  • Presented as a Section of the Sale of English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts and Old Master Paintings
  • Featuring Property from the Descendants of Grand Duke George Mikhailovich

NEW YORK, NY -- On Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 10am, Doyle will hold an auction of Russian Works of Art. It will be presented as a special section of the sale of English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts and Old Master Paintings. Showcased are more than 135 lots of Fabergé, icons, silver, bronzes and memorabilia from private collections across the United States, including important works from the descendants of Russian Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna and Russian Grand Duke George Mikhailovich.

Property from the Descendants of Grand Duke George Mikhailovich

Highlighting the sale is property from the descendants of Russian Grand Duke George Mikhailovich (1863-1919), grandson of Emperor Nicholas I (1796-1855), and his wife Princess Marie Georgievna (1876-1940), née Princess Maria of Greece and Denmark, daughter of King George I (1845-1913). Having remained in the family over the course of the last century, the collection comprises 35 lots of Fabergé, silver, icons, books and family heirlooms with close connections to the Russian Imperial Family.

An icon depicting the Mother of God, Christ and John the Baptist (est. $7,000-10,000) is closely related to one produced for Empress Alexandra Feodorovna. An icon of similar design from the collection was bequeathed by the Grand Duke’s daughter, Princess Xenia, to Middlebury College Museum of Art in Vermont. An important group of four World War I photograph albums (est. $4,000-6,000), never before seen in public, document Grand Duke George’s important diplomatic mission to Japan in 1915. Sent as the representative of Emperor Nicholas II, the Grand Duke’s mission led to a secret Russo-Japanese alliance signed in 1916.


Produced in Fabergé’s Moscow workshops, a silver samovar (est. $35,000-55,000) is applied with the coat of arms of the Berdyaev family, an important aristocratic military and literary family in Imperial Russia. The family produced a long line of high-ranking military officers and the important political and religious philosopher Nikolai Alexandrovich Berdyaev.

Fabergé produced miniature sculptures of animals in a range of hardstones, inspired by Chinese and Japanese hardstone carvings. Property from a Virginia Private Collection offers two hardstone carvings by Fabergé, including a duckling that is nearly identical to one in the Royal Collection from the famous Sandringham Commission (est. $15,000-25,000).

A Fabergé Silver-Gilt Icon of the Mother of God (est. $7,000-10,000), which has descended in the family of Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia (1875-1960), was a gift from the grand duchess to her son, Prince Nikita, on Easter 1916.


A selection of Russian porcelain figures from a Philadelphia Private Collection includes examples by the Imperial Porcelain Manufactory and the Gardner, Popov and Kornilov manufactories. Highlighting the collection is a Rare Russian Porcelain Group of Pranksters, after a model by August Spiess (est. $9,000-12,000).


Among a wide range of bronzes by artists such as Troubetzkoy, Lanceray, Bertram and Grachev is a rare and large Bronze Group of a Troika after the model by E. Karpov (est. $20,000-30,000) from a New Jersey Private Collection.

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Consignments are currently being accepted for upcoming sales of Russian Works of Art. 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, Director, Russian Works of Art, at 212-427-4141, ext 272,

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  • Estate of Anne Murray
  • Estate of Dorothy J. Henry
  • Estate of Edwin C. Whitehead
  • Estate of Elizabeth Stoerk
  • Estate of Mary Kettaneh
  • From the Collection of Mrs. Eileen Aaron of Aaron Brothers Art Mart
  • From the Estate of Jan Adriaan Laan of Bloemendal, the Netherlands
  • Property from a New Jersey Collector
  • Property from a New York and Connecticut Estate
  • Property from the Collection of Bennett and Judie Weinstock
  • Property of a Boston, Massachusetts Collector
  • Property of an English Lady
  • The Collection of Cecilia and Willem Schupf
  • The Eileen & Herbert C. Bernard Collection
  • The Mr. and Mrs. James R. Foster Collection
  • The property of Doyle New York
  • The Thurston Collection
  • The Thurston Collection

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