As in the past, the auction will include items from the 16th to the 21st century, and will cover a large range of categories – from Cossack weapons and Soviet militaria, to European and Russian imperial porcelain. Some of the highlights include spectacular bronzes by Evgeny Lanceray, several works from the Fabergé workshop, paintings by Stepan Kolesnikoff (including pieces from the Vladislav Mayevsky collection), numerous works by Konstantin Korovin, seascapes by Ivan Aivazovsky, and Ilya Zankovsky. A variety of important works by contemporary artists such as Mikhail Roginsky, Komar and Melamid, and Natalia Nesterova will also feature prominently in the auction. As always, works by European old masters, as well as American and Asian artists from a variety of periods will form an integral part of the auction, including a harbor scene by Raoul Dufy, a striking painting by Chuang Che, and a dynamic battle scene by Joseph von Brandt.
The sale will include two mesmerizing paintings by Georgi Gabashvili, including the extraordinary oil on canvas, "Still Life With Fruit," 1916, which was acquired directly from the artist at the date of production and then later formed a part of a private New York collection before being sold at Sotheby's New York in 2008 (currently estimated at $120,000-150,000)
Decorative objects and works of art play a significant part in the auction, and form about a half of the lots available for sale. A delicate nephrite and guilloché enameled kovsh set with diamonds, apparently unmarked, but probably from the Fabergé workshop is a wonderful example of the items one can expect to find ($5,000-7,000)
The auction and the preview will take place at 506 East 74 Street, New York, NY, and a detailed full color catalogue as well as bidding forms are available on the company's website, http://www.geneshapiro.com. Representatives can be reached by phone at +1 (212) 717-7500, or email at email@example.com.
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Gene Shapiro Auctions LLC is a New York City auction house specializing in fine and decorative art, with an emphasis on Russian art and antiques, plus European, American, and Latin American art and antiques.