Leading the Fabergé Market
Christie's has had a long and successful history of selling works by Fabergé. In November 2007, an important Fabergé egg from the Rothschild family collection sold for £8.9 million ($18.5 million) in our Russian Works of Art sale in London. This sale established world auction records for a Russian work of art, a work by Fabergé and a timepiece. Christie’s sale of the Imperial Winter Egg realised $9,580,000 in April 2002. It achieved the second highest price for a Russian work of art sold at auction and the second highest auction record for a work by Fabergé. Christie’s has also been entrusted with the sale of works by Fabergé from some of the most distinguished collections in the world, including The Collection of H.R.H The Princess Margaret, The Collection of King George of the Hellenes, The Forbes Collection, The Kazan Collection, The di Portanova Collection and The Harewood Collection.
Christie’s remains a global leader in the Fabergé market. Since November 2010, we have achieved an unrivaled sales total of over $20 million (£13 million) for works by Fabergé. The strong results for Fabergé in our 2012 sales further confirm Christie’s dominance in this field and established impressive 66% global market share.
In December 2012, Christie’s achieved spectacular results for works by Fabergé offered in our Harewood – Collection in the Royal Tradition sale. This selection of ten Fabergé items with royal provenance was 100% sold and highlighted by a Fabergé cigarette case, which belonged to H.M. Edward VII, and sold for £313,250 / $504,333.
Leading the Works of Art Market
Christie’s international Russian Works of Art team consistently achieves the highest percentage sold for Russian works of art at the top of the market. In Christie's 2012 global sales, we achieved the top selling rate for works of art. Christie's ability to consistently achieve the highest selling rates is a reflection of our experience in the field, accurate pricing and knowledge of the international market.
Over the last two and a half years, Christie’s has also sold the top lot of each season. Our November 2012 sale was highlighted by a star and badge of the Order of St Andrew (lot 325) which sold for £481,250 /$770,963, becoming the most expensive Russian work of art sold in 2012. Our May 2012 sale was highlighted by a two-colour gold and guilloché enamel Imperial presentation snuff-box set with the diamond cypher of Emperor Nicholas II, which became the top lot of the season and established a world record for a work by K. Hahn at auction (£481,250 /$755,563).
Exceptional results in recent sales include a Pair of Monumental Porcelain Vases by the Imperial Porcelain Factory (£993,250 / $1,551,457), an Imperial Presentation Snuff-Box by Friedrich Koechli (£505,250 / $789,201) and an Imperial Presentation Snuff-Box by Fabergé (£385,250 / $632,580), a parcel-gilt silver and niello soup-tureen (£289,250 /$449,764), an En Plein and Cloisonné Enamelled Casket by Feodor Rückert (£288,855 /$458,500), a figural Bronze and Enamel Box and Cover by Princess Maria Tenisheva (£217,250 / $314,317), and a monumental gem-set silver kovsh in Neo-Russian style by Fabergé (£301,250 / $482,603).
Christie’s international Russian department has over 130 years of specialist experience in London, New York and Paris. We offer a calendar of major sales in April, June and November. Our Russian & CIS Client Liaisons are happy to provide personalized assistance to guide our Russian speaking clients through every aspect of the auction process.
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In a career spanning almost twenty-five years, Alexis de Tiesenhausen has pioneered Christie's Russian art sales in Geneva, New York, and London. Always a leader in his field, this Christie's veteran has been involved with the successful sale of some of the most significant Russian Works of Art ever to appear at auction including: The Kazan Collection of Fabergé (New York, 1997, $4 million); the Di Portanova Collection of Fabergé, Russian Works of Art & Objects of Vertu (New York, 2000, $3,276,869), the Fabergé Imperial Winter Egg (sold twice: New York, 2002, $9,579,500; and Geneva, 1994, 7,263,500 CHF), the Russian Field Marshal's Baton (New York, 2004, $903,500) and last but not least the Rothschild Fabergé Egg (London, 2007, £8,980,500). A devoted militarist and Fabergé expert, Alexis wrote the foreword to The Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs by Tatiana Fabergé, Lynette Proler and Valentin Skurlov (1997) and is the co-editor of The Preobrazhensky Regiment during the First World War and the Civil War due to be published in 2009. As International Head of the Russian Department, Alexis is responsible for high-level business-getting for all sale sites. Of Russian parentage, Alexis was born in Paris and attended the Institute de Sciences Politiques before going on to study law at The Paris University.
Helen Culver Smith joined Christie’s in 2008 after completing her MA at the Courtauld, where she specialised in the History of Dress and Portraiture. Following specialist experience in Christie’s Portrait Miniatures, Silver and Gold Boxes department, Helen joined the Russian department in 2009. Working closely with her colleagues in New York, Paris and London, she is responsible for business getting in Europe and for helping to organize and promote Christie's sales of Fabergé and Russian works of art in London. Since joining the department, Christie’s has achieved market share in the field of Fabergé and Russian works of art and sold the top work of art during every Russian sale week.
Helen’s previous work experience includes positions at Tate Britain, Richard Green Fine Paintings, Historic Royal Palaces, and with Fine Art Wealth Management. She received her BA in the History of Art from Princeton University in 2003 and holds diplomas from Oxford (2004), Sotheby’s (2005) and the London School of Economics (2006).
Alina Boyko joined Christie's Russian Art Department in 2010 and is responsible for researching and cataloguing Russian works of art. She obtained her BA in History of Art from University College London and her Mlitt from Christie's Education London.
Mark Moehrke joined Christie's New York as Vice President, Senior Specialist in Russian Art in 2006, following positions at major auction houses in New York and Chicago and a period of work in Moscow. Appointed Director of Works of Art in 2009, Mark is responsible for leading business getting on an international level and for organizing and promoting Christie's sales of Fabergé and Russian works of art held in London and New York. Mark graduated with a B.A. from Marquette University and received his M.Phil., jointly granted by the University of Glasgow and Christie's Education in London.
Anne Bracegirdle's experience at Christie's began in the Interiors department in 2005, following graduation from Fordham University with a degree in Art History. She left the company to pursue a Master's degree in the History of Photography at Sotheby's Institute of Art in London. Her dissertation, awarded with Distinction, focused on the construction and reception of Soviet identity in photography from the 1920s through the present. Upon returning to New York, Anne worked as an associate for Ronald Varney Fine Art Agents and contributed to "Photography, the Whole Story," published in London by Thames and Hudson. She rejoined Christie's in 2011, where she serves both the Russian Pictures and Works of Art teams as an Associate Specialist.
Nicholas has been a member of the Christie’s team for over 10 years, specialising in Russian Pictures and Works of Art since 2005.Highlights of his career include the sale of the Somov Collection in 2007 which totaled over £6 million. Nicholas studied History of Art and has a Masters Degree in Law.