Russian art sale at Christie’s

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Christie’s Russian Art sale realised £13,640,325 / $21,115,223 / €15,877,338 and was
sold 65% by lot and 63% by value. Top lot was Vasily Vereshchagin’s

Crucifixion by
the Romans, selling for over £1.7 million and the proceeds of this sale will benefit
the acquisition fund of the Brooklyn Museum in New York.

Comment: Sarah Mansfield, Head of Russian Art Department:
“The Russian sale achieved particularly strong prices for the most exceptional
paintings, especially those which were previously unseen and fresh to the market.
This is best illustrated by Crucifixion by the Romans by Vasily Vereshchagin which
sold above its top estimate for £1.7 million, and by the three works which
established world auction records. A further sign that remarkable pieces with
private provenance are attracting international bidding was the results for two
diplomatic collections of outstanding works of art that were sold in the afternoon
session; one was formed by the former Italian Ambassador and the other by the wife
of the American Ambassador to Russia in the 1920s, and both were 100% sold.”

Lot

Description

 

Estimate (£)

 

Purchase Price

 

Buyer

41

Vasily Vereshchagin (1842-1904), Crucifixion by the Romans, 1887

1,000,000 – 1,500,000

£1,721,250

$2,664,495
€2,003,535

Russian Private

63

Viktor Vasnetsov (1848-1926), A Bogatyr, 1920

World Auction Record for the Artist

300,000 – 500,000

£1,105,250

$1,710,927
€1,286,511

Russian Private

381

A Pair Of Rare and Large Two-Handled Porcelain Vases, by the Imperial Porcelain Factory, St Petersburg, Period of Nicholas I, 1833

500,000 – 700,000

£1,049,250

$1,624,239
€1,221,327

Anonymous

92

Konstantin Somov (1869-1939), The Boxer, 1933

500,000 – 700,000

£713,250

$1,104,111
€830,223

American Institution

26

Maria Iakunchikova (1870-1902), From a window of the old house, Vvedenskoe

World Auction Record for the Artist

150,000 – 200,000

£690,850

$1,069,436
€804,149

European Private

86

Marie Vassilieff (1884-1957), The dance (recto) and A cubist portrait (verso), 1913

400,000 – 600,000

£457,250

$707,823
€532,239

European Private

21

Ivan Pokhitonov (1850-1923), Sur la plage

World Auction Record for the Artist

80,000 – 120,000

£409,250

$633,519
€476,367

Russian Trade

75

Alexander Volkov (1886-1957), Kok-Su mountain river, 1914

300,000 – 400,000

£337,250

$522,063
€392,559

Anonymous

74

Boris Grigoriev (1886-1939), Still life with candle

250,000 – 350,000

£301,250

$466,335
€350,655

Russian Private

316

A Rare and Important Parcel-Gilt Silver and Niello Soup-Tureen, Mark of Semen Petrov Kuzov, Moscow, 1799

120,000 – 180,000

£289,250

$447,759
€336,687

Russian Trade


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