Our biannual sales of Russian Pictures and Russian Works of Art held in London in June and November cover the full spectrum of Russian art, from 19th century paintings to the avant-garde, official and non-official Soviet art and contemporary art, as well as works by Fabergé, silver, bronzes, icons and Imperial and Soviet porcelain.
In 2017, our Russian Pictures sales achieved a stunning total of £22m and saw Nikolai Fechin’s Portrait of Nadezhda Sapozhnikova sell for £3.65m, double the low estimate. We have consistently been the market leader in this category with new artist records established year on year, including Alexander Rodchenko’s Construction No.95 which achieved £3.6m in November 2016, and Zinaida Serebriakova’s Study of a Sleeping Girl which sold for £3.8m in June 2015. Notable recent results from the Russian Works of Art sales include the triptych icon presented to Emperor Nicholas II and his wife on the occasion of their wedding which sold for £406,000 in June 2018, and the jewelled gold and enamel timepiece by Fabergé which made £296,750 in June 2017.
Sotheby’s has unparalleled access to collectors thanks to a global network of specialists based in London, New York and Paris, a dedicated Russian desk in our Private Client Group and a long-established presence in Moscow, where we regularly hold preview exhibitions. In 2017, we celebrated the ten year anniversary of our Moscow office, the first of any international auction house to open in Russia, and this year marks the 30th anniversary of our ground-breaking auction of Russian Avant-Garde and Soviet Contemporary Art which took place in Moscow in 1988.
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