On October 31, 2018, Doyle New York holds its next auction of Russian Works of Art. Showcased are more than 140 lots of Fabergé, icons, silver, bronzes and imperial memorabilia from private collections across the United States.
Highlighting the sale is property from a Connecticut Private Collection, which includes exceptional works in silver and cloisonné enamel by Fabergé, Feodor Rückert and Ovchinnikov. A magnificent Fabergé Silver-Gilt, Cloisonné and En Plein Enamel Kovsh, by workmaster Feodor Rückert (est. $50,000-80,000), is painted en plein with The Boyar after the artist Konstantin Makovsky. The kovsh is closely related to a Fabergé cloisonné enamel box, which is painted with the same subject, in the Russian art collection of the Hillwood Museum in Washington, DC. Further silver highlights from other American private collections include a Fabergé Silver Triptych Icon of the Kasperovskaya Mother of God which was presented to Russian Princess M.I. Urusova in 1914 (est. $8,000-12,000), a Fabergé Silver-Mounted Nephrite Dish (est. $8,000-12,000) and a Rare Silver and Enamel Inkwell by Olovyanishnikov (est. $8,000-10,000).
An Important Collection of Imperial Russian Bronzes from a Private Maryland Collection includes six sculptures by Evgenii Lanceray and Vasilii Grachev, several of which were illustrated in G.W. Sudbury’s seminal work on the artist, E.A. Lanceray: La Sculpture Russe du Cheval. Highlighting the collection is a Bronze Group of Voevode, Boyar Morozov (est. $20,000-30,000), a Bronze Group of the Tsar’s Falconer under Ivan the Terrible (est. $15,000-25,000) and a Bronze Group of The Kirghiz Falconer (est. $15,000-25,000).
The auction also includes a selection of jewelry and personal objects 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). Included is an Almanac [Pamyatnaya Knizhka] for 1914 from the library of Emperor Nicholas II and which bears the emperor’s personal bookplate (est. $5,000-7,000).
Other highlights with an Imperial Russian theme include a Porcelain Plate from the Tsar Nicholas I Service by the Imperial Porcelain Manufactory (est. $7,000-9,000), a Gold Medal to Commemorate the Coronation of Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna (est. $3,000-5,000), a Group of Photographs Related to the Russian Imperial Family from the descendants of Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna (est. $3,000-5,000) and a Terracotta Bust of Emperor Alexander II formerly in the collection of the important American collector India Early Minshall (est. $2,000-3,000).
The public is invited to the exhibition which is on view October 27-29. Doyle is located at 175 East 87th Street in New York. Sale information and the auction catalogue may be viewed online at DOYLE.com. For further information, please contact Mark Moehrke, Director of Russian Works of Art, at Russian@doyle.com.