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Lot 418
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Stepan Fedorovich Kolesnikov

Estimate
5,000 - 7,000 GBP
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Description

  • Stepan Fedorovich Kolesnikov
  • Rest Stop
  • signed in Latin l.l.
  • gouache, watercolour and oil on card
  • image size: 47.5 by 62.5cm, 18 3/4 by 24 1/2 in.

Provenance

Private collection, Belgrade
Colonel and Mrs Stanley M. Smolensky, Alexandria, Virginia, circa 1955
Thence by descent
Private collection, USA

Condition

The sheet is sound. There is a small water stain to the bottom right corner, otherwise the sheet appears to be in good condition and ready to hang. Held in a gold painted wooden frame under glass.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

Catalogue Note

Rest Stop comes from the collection of the late U.S. Army colonel Stanley Smolensky and his wife Clare. Colonel Smolensky (1918-1971) was the senior Ordinance Officer for The American Military Assistance Staff when he acquired these works in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1955, during the height of the Cold War. When Tito came to power in Yugoslavia, millions of dollars in ordinance was given by the U.S. to that country for military assistance; and Colonel Smolensky, then a Major, commanded the U.S. military presence there.

Following his distinguished career as a top-ranking military official, Colonel Smolensky, a Harvard and M.I.T.-trained engineer, was appointed the Deputy Director for Logistics for Manned Space Flight at NASA, including the Apollo Space Program (Apollo Eleven). Later he became a director of Bell Aerospace in New Orleans.