Wednesday, July 2, 2008


July 3, 2008

Sale August 2-3, 2008

(727) 656-2974

Not all of them of course but at least a significant sampling of Russian fine art, sculpture and decorative silver art will be in the United States in August at Aberdeen Auctions in St. Petersburg (Florida).

(ST. PETERSBURG, FL) Aberdeen-Auctions of St. Petersburg, FL will serve up a banquet of art with Russian and European flavors on August 2 – 3 consisting of over 450 items of paintings, drawings, sculptures, bronze works, silver, jewelry, porcelain, folk art and Russian icons.

Among the featured works will be four watercolors by Russian artist Ivan Yakelovich Bilibin (1876-1942). He was renowned as an illustrator of Slavic folklore and Russian fairy tales as well as stage design. He was a member of Mir iskusstva (World of Art) and after pursuing his career in Egypt and France, returned to Russia in 1936 and died in the siege of Leningrad in World War II. The four watercolor works are illustrations of Russian folk tales “Baba-Yaga”, “Three Bogatyrs”, and tales by Pushkin “The Tale of the Tsar Sultan” and “The Tale of Golden Cockrel.” All four works are signed in Cyrillic and dated 1899 and 1907.

Other Russian artists in the inventory include Y. P. Annenkov, D. D. Burliuk, A.A. Exter, N. feshin, N. S. Goncharova, A. V. Hansen, B. I. Khodasevich, G. A. Lapchine, G. Pogedaieff, P. Tchelichev and M. Voloshin.

The Russian flavor will be enhanced by Russian icons from the 17th through the 19th centuries, bronze sculptures of Cossacks from the last quarter of the 19th century by Evgenii Evgenievich Lanceray (1875-1946) and a bronze candlestick decorated with Russian symbols by N. Stange, c. 1876. Stange also exhibited other nickel plated bronze items in the Russian style at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876 along with this candlestick.

Other works from some of Russia’s famous silversmiths, including I. Khlebnikov, P. Ovchinnikov, A. Lubavin and Gustav Klingert will cross the block along with a Russian gilded silver and enamel photograph frame by A. Kuzmichev, c. 1888, with Cyrillc maker’s mark “AK”, essayer mark “AP” and a Moscow hallmark. Kuzmichev also made some items for the Tiffany Company. There will be a porcelain mantle clock by Alexander Popov, a pair of Russian porcelain vases from the Imperial Manufactory, period of Alexander II and Russian porcelain tea sets from the first years of the Soviet era.

Other European works will consist of Old Masters of the 17th and 218th century and works by Mattie Dube, an American working in Paris (1861- 1944), Alfons Karpinski (Polish, 1875-1961), Arthur Lajos Halmi (Hungarian 1866-1939), George Morland (English 1763-1804) and Pal Fried (Hungarian/American 1893-1976).

Preview for the sale will be on August 1 from 12:00 to 6:00PM at the Gallery at 212 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. The sale, beginning at 10:00AM EST on August 2 and continuing at 10:00AM August 3 , will be carried live online by For more information call (727) 656-2974, email or visit the website at

written by:
Fred Taylor


Watercolor by I. Y. Bilibin, an illustration for the Russian tale by Pushkin “The Tale of Golden Cockrel, signed with Cyrillic and dated 1907.
Estimate: $45,000.00 - $60,000.00

Ivan Iakovlevich Illustration of a Russian folktale “Baba-Yaga” signed with Cyrillic.
Estimate: $25,000.00 - $35,000.00

A Bronze Group of a peasant boy on horseback with two horses by Evgeni Lanceray(1848-1886), inscribed with signature and with foundry mark. Height 7in or 17.5 cm.
Estimate: $11,000.00 - $13,000.00

Portrait of an Old woman, charcoal on paper, sign lower right by Nicolai Fechin (Russian, 1881-1955)
Estimate: $10,000.00 - $13,000.00

Hannan Restored to Health Painting by Scottish Artist Robert Gavin (1827-83). Former Sotheby's sale. Listed artist. Oil on canvas. 19¾ x 28½in.
Estimate: $9,000.00 - $12,000.00

Oil on canvas “Coast View” by Aleksey Vasilievich Hanzen (Russian, 1876-1937), signed lower right
Estimate: $28,000.00 - $30,000.00

A Russian Silver and Enamel Bowl, Ovchinnikov, Moscow, circa 1910
enameled with colorful foliage, gild interior. Height with hands 6¾in or 17 cm, width 8½in or 21cm.
Estimate: $8,000.00 - $10,000.00

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