The Russian Pictures sale in London on 28 November sees the first appearance on the market of a private European collection of works by Alexandra Exter alongside Nikolai Fechin’s Portrait of Nadezhda Sapozhnikova, a rare early masterpiece. Meanwhile, Russian Works of Art, Fabergé & Icons marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution with Soviet porcelain plates and figures from a highly important collection while pre-Revolutionary objects offered in the sale include bronzes, silver, porcelain, icons and many exquisite Fabergé treasures. Click ahead to see highlights. Russian Pictures 28 November 2017 | London Russian Works of Art 28 November 2017 | London
One of modernism's great achievements was the breakdown of historical boundaries between the fine and applied arts. In Russia, porcelain and ceramic design was reinvigorated in the first half of the 20th century in a kind of symbiotic wave created both by the Great October Revolution and the Russian Avant-garde. Such is the aesthetic power and originality of early Soviet porcelain that it can command the sort of visual presence and depth of expression that you normally find in paintings. Many pieces were conceived and made as one-offs or were produced in such small numbers, or with variations in colour, that they are highly collectible and have historical value. Rarer pieces or prototypes can command strong investment potential.
This dedicated sale of Soviet-era art is being held in London on 28 November to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution. It includes examples from the earliest years of the Soviet Union up until 1991, covering the avant-garde, state-sponsored Socialist Realism and unofficial art of the post-War period, and demonstrating the surprising diversity of the USSR’s artistic output. Led by a group of three works from the collection of Raymond and Susan Johnson, the highlight of the sale is Alexander Deineka’s large-scale Coal Miner. Click ahead to see this and more highlights. Art of the Soviet Union 28 November | London