The forthcoming Russian Works of Art sale will take place on November 27th in London. Highlights will include a Fabergé study of cornflower and oats, circa 1910, which belonged to Donna Simonetta Colonna, Duchessa di Cesarò and is estimated at £180’000-250’000 as well as a magnificent Fabergé hardstone inkwell with jewelled gold mounts, dated 1899-1903 (£200-300’000) and executed in neoclassical taste.
We are delighted to offer an important Imperial silver-gilt and cloisonné enamel icon of Christ Pantocrator (£180-250’000) presented to Alexander III by the members of the elite Guard units in commemoration of the miraculous escape of the emperor and his family from the Borki train disaster in 1888. This highly decorative Imperial family relic was executed by the workshops of Court supplier Ovchinnikov. The original Gatchina inventory label on the reverse indicates that the icon hung in the imperial residence chapel.
Amongst porcelain, enamelled and silver objects we will also be offering a wide choice of bronzes including a very large bronze by Evgeni Alexandrovich Lanceray, Don Cossacks on the Banks of the Danube (£50-70’000) which recalls Russia’s thrilling victory on Turkey in 1878.