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Konstantin Egorovich Makovsky

Estimate
10,000 - 15,000 GBP
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Description

  • Konstantin Makovsky
  • Portrait of Nikolai Dmitrievich Stakheev
  • inscribed with the sitter's name in Cyrillic on the reverse
  • oil on canvas
  • 70.5 by 56cm, 27 3/4 by 22in.

Catalogue Note

Stakheev was a wealthy merchant and the nephew of artist Ivan Shishkin. He and his family fled Russia for France before the First World War taking with them what possessions they could and hiding everything else in the hope of one day returning. When Stakheev did return to Moscow after the Revolution to retrieve some of the silver from his property (since nationalised and converted into the House of the Railway Workers) he was apprehended by the Secret Police, but managed to bargain for his release. The episode allegedly served as inspiration for Ilf and Petrov's satirical novel The Twelve Chairs.
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