Property from a Private Collection, United States
PIMEN NIKITICH ORLOV | PORTRAIT OF FEDOR CHERNYSHEV
Estimate: 30,000 - 50,000 GBP
PIMEN NIKITICH ORLOV
PORTRAIT OF FEDOR CHERNYSHEV
signed in Cyrillic, inscribed Roma in Latin and dated 1845 l.r.
oil on canvas
82.5 by 69cm, 32½ by 27¼in.
Original canvas, which is very slightly slack on its stretcher. The canvas is rippling lightly throughout. There are a couple of small repair patches on the reverse, restoration to the correpsonding areas on the recto is visible to the naked eye: one to the curtain in the top left corner, the other to the sky above the centre of the right edge. There is an extensive pattern of craquelure and drying cracks throughout but these appear stable at present. The surface is covered in a light layer of dirt with spots of dirt in places. Inspection under UV light confirms the aforementioned areas of restoration to the curtain and to the sky and reveals a further area of retouching to the desk in the foreground and other minor scattered spots in the upper right and to places at the edges. There is an unevenly discoloured varnish layer. Held in a gilt wooden frame with decorative mouldings.
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.
Sotheby Parke-Bernet, New York, 19th Century European Paintings, 4 June 1975, lot 91
Acquired at the above sale by the grandfather of the present owner
St Petersburg, Imperial Academy of Arts, 1846
Ukazatel' khudozhestvennykh proizvedenii, vystavlennykh v zalakh Imperatorskoi Akademii khudozhestv, St Petersburg, 1846, p.15 listed
Taking extended leave from his service in the Preobrazhensky Life-Guard Regiment, Fedor Chernyshev travelled around Italy between 1844-1845, where he associated with the community of Russian artists living there. The present portrait, painted by Pimen Orlov in Rome in 1845, depicts Chernyshev in his aide-de-camp uniform, a position he was appointed to by Emperor Nicholas I in 1838. In 1846, the portrait was exhibited at the Imperial Academy of Arts with the title Portrait of aide-de-camp Chernyshev.
From an illustrious family himself, Chernyshev married Alexandra Shishmareva who is immortalised with her sister Olga in Alexander Briullov’s masterpiece Portrait of the Shishmareva Sisters (1839, The State Russian Museum).