Sotheby's forthcoming auction of Russian Art in New York will feature paintings and works of art with exceptional provenance and art historical importance. The paintings on offer will be led by works from iconic Russian artists of the 19th and 20th centuries, including 19th-century masters Ivan Aivazovsky, Isaac Levitan and Henryk Siemiradzki. Petr Petrovich Vereshchagin's View of St. Petersburg, one of the most magnificent cityscapes by the artist ever to appear at auction, will be sold by Mikhail Baryshnikov to benefit the Baryshnikov Arts Center.
Several other significant works come to auction directly from private collections, including Nicholas Roerich's extremely rare design for The Novgorod Market from Sadko, 1920, as well as Boris Grigoriev's extraordinarily dramatic Still Life with Candle and Pot from the mid-1920s. A series of four superb works by Socialist Realist painter Yuri Pimenov will also be offered, led by The Pianist, a highly dynamic work from the earliest and most revolutionary period of the artist's career, as well as Worker's Brigade, a composition closely related in style and subject matter to the artist's monumental First of May Celebration, 1950, which achieved the record-setting price of $1,538,500 at Sotheby's New York last November.
Works of art will be led by An Important and Rare Micromosaic Table by Gioacchino Barberi after Alexander Orlovski Made for the Russian Court, 1830-33, one of the rarest and most extraordinary micromosaic tabletops known to exist, which was likely made for Nicholas I, Emperor of Russia from 1825-55, or a member of his court. Other highlights include A Fine and Rare Gilded Silver and Pictorial Enamel Desk Set, Feodor Rückert, Moscow, circa 1900, one of a small number of beautifully-enameled, pictorial desk sets produced by Rückert's workshop, and an Important Silver Samovar and Tray, Orest Kurlyukov, Moscow, circa 1900 probably made for Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich, uncle of Emperor Nicholas II and Governor-General of Moscow from 1891 to 1904. The sale also includes a unique set of Two Pairs of Skis and a Pair of Boots, A.B. Otto Brandt, Helsinki, circa 1910 presented by the Moscow Ski Club to Czarevich Alexei Nikolaevich in 1910, along with a request for his patronage. The sale will be on exhibition in Sotheby's York Avenue galleries beginning 7 April, alongside sales of Magnificent Jewels and Important Watches as well as a special viewing of masterpieces by Ivan Aivazovsky from a Private Collection.