Hermitage Fine Art are getting ready for Fine Art, Jewellery, Manuscripts, Rare Books, Photographs and Russian Art sale that will take place on 7−8 July 2020 at Hotel Metropole Monte‑Carlo.

The collections will feature Russian Art on the first day, and Fine Art, Objects of Vertu, Autographs, Manuscripts, Rare Books and Photographs on the second. You may view online catalogues here.

The auction on Tuesday, 7 July at 14:00 (CET) will present a variety of lots from the Russian heritage, spacing from a remarkable collection of Propaganda porcelain plates, a selection of paintings, drawings and a costume associated with Ballet Russes, exceptional silver pieces, Faberge and much more. Two unique and rare original watercolour drawings by Ivan Bilibin – illustrations to Russian folk tales.

Lot 17: Ivan Bilibin (1876-1942) Tsarevitch at the Crossroads. Illustration to the Russian folk tale “The Tale of Tsarevich Ivan, the Firebird and the Gray Wolf”

The collection also includes works by Ivan Tyurun, Portrait of Augustus Kotzebue by Johann Friedrich, August Tischben, Choultse, F. Sychkov, K. Korovin, J. Klever , V. Palenov, P.P. Vereschagin, M. Dobuzhinsky, A. Benois, D. Burliuk, B. Anisfeld, N. Samokish, A. Chirkov, I.Brodsky, Baron Mikhail Petrovich Klodt, and G.Artemov (a piece entirely made of wood).

KONSTANTIN IVANOVICH GORBATOV (1876-1945), View of Chioggia, VeniceLot 15, €80,000-100,000

On Wednesday, 8 July at 17:00 (CET) the Autographs, Manuscripts, Photographs and Rare Books auction will feature autographed letters and photographs of prominent historical figures like Mussolini, Wallenstein, Napoleon, as well as actors, singers and dancers; shootings by famous photographers like Steve McCurry and Aldo Durazzi, rare books editions, autographed letters of famous artists including Signac (705), Picasso (719), Grosz (721), Matisse (722), Kandinsky (723), Mondrian (724) and Russian manuscripts: 712 Tolstoi, 713 Trotsky, 727-728 Rubinstein.

Carefully selected manuscripts by poets, writers and artists of the Silver Age will be of special interest for collectors. An elegant notebook with poems written by Konstantin Balmont in his expressive handwriting is unique as well as its with impeccable provenance – collection of S. Lifar.




Lot 333. K.D. Balmont (1867-1942), Notebooks with Balmont’s handwritten poems. [Paris, 1930- 1931]. 52 pages, 16х18 cm Finally, admirers of Diaghilev’s Russian Seasons will be able to buy Lot 18 A stage design for the Polovtsian Dances by Nikolay Roerich(1874-1947) from Borodin’s opera “Prince Igor”. The piece comes from the Helena Roerich collection (Roerich Museum, New York).

In 1909 Roerich engaged with A.P. Borodin’s opera “Prince Igor” for the first time, as Diaghilev included some of its fragments in the “Russian Seasons in Paris.” It was no coincidence that Diaghilev invited Roerich, due to Roerich’s originality, and the relevance of his historical work to the production at hand. The artist perfectly recreated the atmosphere of “Polovtsy of the mill” from Borodin’s opera. An astonishingly bright “Scythian program of nature” and highly original scenery design created an unforgettably authentic sense of the distant past, where the Old Russian spirit blended with the color of the East.