Rare Masterpieces Headline MacDougall’s Russian Art Sales

15 June, 2011 at 08:55 | Posted in Culture, picture of the day | Leave a comment
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By Nicholas Mclaughlin
Epoch Times Staff

MacDougall Auctions regularly breaks records in sales of its specialist area of Russian art and is consistently one of the top three auction houses in the world for Russian Art.

On June 8 and 9, MacDougall’s will showcase many works during Russian week in London, highlighted by a Boris Kustodiev masterpiece, a rare work thought to be lost, and one only before seen in a black-and-white photo.

The sale items will be on exhibition in London June 3–7.

Descriptions From MacDougall’s

Following are the auction house’s descriptions of a few key paintings and their histories.


‘The New Bracelet.’ Another rediscovery of art-historical significance is Genrikh Semiradsky’s “The New Bracelet” (c. 1883) estimated at $400,000–$500,000. “The New Bracelet,” also known as “Dolce Far Niente,” is a rare and happy discovery, not only for the art market, but also for the academic world.

Alongside Victorian artist Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Semiradsky was one of the most significant Neoclassical painters of the late 19th century. A particularly fine example of the artist’s oeuvre, “The New Bracelet” was acquired by the great-grandfather of the present owner and remained in the same North American collection for more than a century. Illustrated in a pre-revolutionary monograph, the painting was until recently believed to be lost.

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