Our Russian Works of Art sale in London was led by lot 301, a silver-gilt and cloisonné enamel triptych icon by Khlebnikov which was presented to the future Emperor Nicholas II for his 18th birthday in May 1886. The piece more than doubled its low estimate to achieve £245,000. Four of the top five results in the sale were for icons including lot 302, a Greek Anastasis painted in 1651 by Elias Moskos, which surpassed its high estimate and was sold for £60,000.
With an offering of the finest examples of four centuries of Russian decorative art, this sale is set to provide an insight into Russian history and capture the market’s interest yet again. Highlights include a rosewood, porcelain and gilt-bronze writing cabinet, which is one of a small group of nearly identical writing cabinets produced on the orders of Emperor Nicholas I and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna for members of their family by Ernst & Peter Gambs with the Imperial Porcelain Manufactory, as well as a magnificent pair of silver six-light candelabra made in 1892 by Pavel Ovchinnikov and presented to Count Vladimir Alexandrovich Stenbock-Fermor by the Life-Guard Hussars.