Auction House Hermitage Fine Art announces its auction at the Hotel Metropole.


Important note: the auction is being transferred to FRIDAY, March 23.

On 23 March 2018, the auction house Hermitage Fine Art will present the art of Russia, Eastern Europe and the Caucasus at Hotel Metropol in Monte Carlo. Private view for connoisseurs of art and collectors will open on March 15 at 18.00.

The auction catalogue includes Russian painting and graphics, a collection of Azerbaijani artists, the poetry of the Silver Age, Russian literature abroad, items of Russian military history, as well as furniture, silver, porcelain, photography and numismatics.

This Hermitage Fine Art auction is dedicated to the outstanding ballet master, choreographer, collector and bibliophile Sergey Mikhailovich Lifar (1905-1986).

Serge Lifar is an artist of the Russian Seasons by Sergei Diaghilev, choreographer of the Grand Opera in Paris, founder of the Paris University of Choreography and the University of Dance. His creative legacy is enormous: more than 200 ballets, 25 books on theory and history of dance, organisation of the famous Pushkin Exhibition in 1937. He was an ardent collector and owner of the personal archive of Sergei Diaghilev, “Pushkin’s” with the original letters of the poet to Natalia Goncharova. Serge Lifar collected one of the most interesting Russian libraries in Europe, consisting of books from the 16th to 19th centuries.

Works from his priceless collection will be presented at the auction in Monaco.

The most anticipated auction lot will be a unique manuscript collection of poems by Konstantin Balmont with the personal bookplate of Sergei Lifar and nested dried flowers. Here are just a few poems from the manuscript: “Night branch”, “Raven”, “Vision of brother Ode”, “Oasis”, “Ben Akiba”, “Merge your spirit with the sea …”, “Dream”. Under each work the author indicated the date and place of writing.

In addition to the selection of books and autographs from the collection of Lifar, Hermitage Fine Art will exhibit more than 300 works of art from various thematic sections.

Among the top lots – the rare gold-laden ring with the monogram of Nicholas I, presented to them as an imperial gift in 1854 by US patent expert Edward Dickerson, who accompanied the famous American gunsmith Semyon Kolt during his visit to St. Petersburg.



The following will be presented to the public:

  • A rare pair of armchairs from the collection of the Pavlovsky Palace near St. Petersburg, which goes back to the property of the widow of Paul I – Empress Maria Feodorovna.
  • The bronze bust of Leo Tolstoy created by Pavel Petrovich Trubetskoy, dated 1890.
  • A very rare gold coin of high quality worth ten rubles Elizabeth Petrovna (1741-1762).
  • The Tula capsule pistol is a rare example of Russian firearms during the Napoleonic wars, which can take its rightful place in a museum collection or a private national collection.
  • Portrait of one of the richest landowners in Russia, Lieutenant-General of the Russian Imperial Army, a participant in the Russian-Turkish War (1877-1878), Prince Dmitry Petrovich Wittgenstein, artist Bernhardt Josef Nepomuk. The incredible love story of the prince and the French actress Rosalia Leon is still reflected in modern French literature.

In the book section of the catalogue, you should highlight:

  • A collection of selected poems by Ivan Bunin with the poet’s autograph.
  • The first edition of the novel “Feat” – one of the most penetrating, poetic and deeply Russian works of Vladimir Nabokov, released under the pseudonym Sirin V., with the author’s dedicatory inscription to Anna Feigin.

“Last October, we presented more than 500 works of art and history of the XVIII-XX centuries. Our customers are museums and collectors from different parts of the world. There were also those who specially flew to Monaco for the auction, – said the director of the auction house Hermitage Fine Art Elena Efremova. – Monaco created ideal conditions for collectors and circulation of works of art. Moreover, for many decades the princedom has hosted Russian culture, and we are especially happy to support and develop this wonderful tradition. ”

Exhibition and Auction schedule:


SESSION 1 (lot 1 to 191) – FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018 – 11:00

SESSION 2 (lot 192 to 561) – FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018 – 14:00


FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2018, 11:00 – 17:00

SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2018, 11:00 – 14:00

FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018, 9:00 – 11:00


Auction house Hermitage Fine Art

Hermitage Fine Art – auction house, founded in 2017 in Monaco, the representation of the most diverse sections and directions of Russian history and art is a characteristic feature of the house. It was founded by a group of specialists from Europe and Russia, united by a love of Russian culture and history, the desire to preserve and popularise Russian cultural heritage abroad.

The auction house in Monaco examines and evaluates any works related to different areas of Russian art: painting and graphics, decorative arts, watches, jewellery and silver works, photographs, historical souvenirs of the imperial family, books, autographs and manuscripts, geographical maps and numismatics. Thanks to cooperation with a wide range of specialists, Hermitage Fine Art organises expertise in Monaco, the Cote d’Azur, Paris, London, Moscow, St. Petersburg and many other places in Europe.

Specialists of Hermitage Fine Art carry out a full support of auction trades. We are also ready to assist in the provision of logistics and transportation of art objects.


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