In the Russian paintings sale on Tuesday 27th November, Sotheby’s is privileged to offer works from the collection of the legendary Hollywood composer, Dimitri Tiomkin (1894-1979). Central to the collection is a group of works by Annenkov which includes iconic portraits of Tiomkin’s contemporaries such as Sergei Prokofiev, Vsevolod Meyerhold and Maurice Ravel, as well as designs for Annenkov’s own production of Nikolai Gogol’s The Nose and a monumental abstract piece which Tiomkin commissioned from the artist in 1968. A highlight of the group is Yuri Pavlovich Annenkov’s Set Design for Lola Montes (est. £15,000-20,000).
We are also delighted to be offering a group of works from the collection of the Russian émigré artist and graphic designer, Oleg Zinger (1909-1997), which includes pieces by Ilya Repin, Dmitry Stelletsky, Boris Grigoriev and Konstantin Korovin among others.
Other sale highlights include a lovely group of watercolour Crimean landscapes by Carlo Bossoli, two oils by Konstantin Makovsky, Gypsy (£50,000-70,000) and Cherub (£20,000-30,000), a beautiful Harlamoff portrait of a young girl (£50,000-70,000). The 20th century section is well represented by Pavel Tchelitchew, Natalia Goncharova, Nikolai Fechin and Fillip Maliavin. An important group of works from the Costakis family collection will be offered, alongside a strong selection of paintings by Vladimir Weisberg and Boris Sveshnikov.
Sotheby’s is pleased to be supporting the London-based sister organisation of the RussianPodari Zhizn foundation, Gift of Life. Five lots in the Contemporary section of the sale have been donated for auction by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Erik Bulatov, Olga Chernysheva, Sergey Bratkov and Andrei Roiter. All the net proceeds from the sale of these lots will go directly to children in need in Russia and the CIS.