Christie’s “Russian” Auction in London

 Traditional Russian Christie's auction will be held in London on November 27. The auction features a collection of objects of the Faberge firm, paintings by Vereshchagin, Goncharova and other Russian artists.

 Pre-auction exhibition will be open to the public from November 24 to 26 in the main office of the auction house on King Street, near the St. James Palace. Curators first invited for decoration decorator – Cyril Istomin. His installation was created under the impression of the Malachite Hall of the Winter Palace, which served as the grand parlor of Alexandra Feodorovna, the wife of the last Russian Tsar. Part of the composition will be one of the lots, the landscape of Konstantin Kryzhitsky, as well as a collection of plates from the Kremlin service of the Imperial Porcelain Factory.

 A sketch of the interior, made by the decorator Kirill Istomin.

 For sale, a number of items with imperial provenance are exhibited: the Department of Russian Art Christie's advises to pay attention to the miniature model of the rhinoceros with the clockwork of Faberge. The toy was donated by the Empress Maria Fedorovna to her grandson, Prince Vasily Aleksandrovich, and was acquired by the father of the current owner from his direct heirs.

Миниатюрная модель носорога с заводным механизмом, Фаберже © Christie's Images


 Miniature model of the rhinoceros with a winding mechanism, Faberge © Christie's Images
Among the top lots is a cigarette case with a gift inscription donated by the Empress Maria Fedorovna Alexander III in October 1890 on the occasion of the 24th anniversary of their marriage, and another cigarette case, a gift from Alexander III to Tsarevich Nicholas Alexandrovich (future Emperor Nicholas II) to his the twenty-fifth anniversary.


Портсигары, слева: подаренный императором Александром III цесаревичу Николаю Александровичу; справа: с дарственной надписью, подаренный императрицей Марией Федоровной Александру III © Christie's Images


 Cigarette cases, on the left: donated by Tsar Alexander III Tsarevich Nicholas Alexandrovich; right: with a dedication inscribed by Empress Maria Fedorovna Alexander III © Christie's Images

 "We are very pleased that this season we have the opportunity to put up for auction an outstanding and very rare collection of objects of Faberge with an excellent provenance," comments Alexey Tizengauzen, international director of the Department of Russian Art Christie's, commenting on the opening of the exhibition. – This collection was carefully formed more than 30 years ago by a man who highly valued the skill of Faberge.

Коллекция Фаберже © Christie's Images


 Fabergé Collection © Christie's Images

 Separate items from the collection were repeatedly exhibited at iconic exhibitions. In addition to Faberge, rare buckets, the Order of St. Andrew the First-Called and Alexander Nevsky, a dagger supposedly owned by Imam Shamil himself, will also be presented at the auction. In the painting section, the attention of collectors will be offered wonderful paintings by Vereshchagin, Goncharova and other artists. "

Слева: “Кафе “Ротонда”, Мария Васильева, 1884-1957. Справа: “Белые пионы”, Наталья Гончарова, 1881-1962 © Christie's Images


 Left: Cafe Rotunda, Maria Vasilyeva, 1884-1957. Right: "White Peonies", Natalia Goncharova, 1881-1962 © Christie's Images