Russian Art Consignment
Sotheby’s carefully curated Russian art auctions produce exceptional results. The great success of our June 2018 sale confirmed Sotheby’s dominant position in the Russian paintings market, having held the most successful sale of any international auction house in London.
Highlights of the London sale include Kazimir Malevich’s The Secret of Temptation, a rare gouache with impeccable provenance from the artist’s short Symbolist period; two exceptional works from 1922 by Vasily Shukhaev and Alexander Yakovlev; and Petr Smukrovich’s sumptuous Toilette and Konstantin Korovin’s House in Gurzuf with a Candlelit Interior, both from 1913. The 19th-Century section of the sale featured several works by Ivan Aivazovsky, among them Chapel by the Coast in a Moonlit Night from 1851.
Sotheby's Russian art specialists have decades of experiences in valuing and selling important works of art by Russian artists. If you have a Russian painting you would like to sell, simply submit images of the work to Sotheby's for a complimentary evaluation.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- When is the best time to sell Russian art at auction?Exceptional Russian paintings are in demand throughout the year. Our dedicated Russian painting auctions occur in London in June and November and we offer Russian paintings in other online and live auctions in multiple selling locations. Whenever you are ready to sell a Russian work of art, we have an upcoming auction open for consignment.
- How much is my Russian art worth?Russian art can sell for a wide range of prices, and our specialists, who have decades of experience evaluating Russian art, can help you identify the current market value for your work. When you submit images for review, our specialists will review it and determine its value based on condition, provenance, artist, quality, rarity, current market demand, and other characteristics.
- Which types of Russian art does Sotheby's sell?Sotheby's Russian painting auctions typically cover the full spectrum of Russian art, from 19th century paintings to the avant-garde, official and non-official Soviet art and contemporary art. Top-selling artists often include Kazimir Malevich, Vasily Shukhaev, Konstantin Korovin, Ivan Aivazovksy, Petr Smukrovich, Konstantin Makovsky, Niko Prismani, Alexander Yakovlev, Nikolai Fechin, and Pavel Tchelitchew.
- To request an auction estimate, why must I submit an image of the back of my painting?High-quality images of the front and back of your painting are especially important because both views enable our specialists to research efficiently to provide you with the most accurate assessment of your property. The back of the painting can be of particular interest to our experts because any visible markings or labels could provide key information regarding provenance and exhibition history.