RESULTS: The Russian Sale



£ 14,909,600



Lots Sold: 308

Lots Offered: 462

Sold by Lot: 67%

Sold by £: 83%

Exchange Rate£:= $1.562/  €1.175





Estimate (£)


Purchase Price




A pair of monumental two-handled porcelain vases, by the Imperial Porcelain Factory, St Petersburg, 1850s-1860s


£ 993,250



International Trade


A rare jeweled gold and guilloché enamel Imperial presentation snuff-box, by Fabergé

World record price for an Imperial snuff-box with miniature, by Fabergé






Konstantin Korovin (1861-1939)

A Lady in white seated in a garden, 1915






Petr Konchalovsky (1876-1956)

Versailles. L’Allée, 1908






Isaak Levitan (1860-1900)

By the water’s edge






Alexandre Iacovleff (1887-1938)
Aoua, Femme Banda

750,000- 950,000





A rare jeweled gold and guilloché enamel Imperial presentation snuff-box, by Friedrich Koechli, St Petersburg, circa 1890

250,000 - 350,000





A pair of impressive two-handled porcelain vases
by the Imperial Porcelain Factory, St Petersburg, Period of Nicholas I, dated 1839

300,000 - 500,000



European Trade


A silver-gilt mounted guilloché enamel and bowenite clock, by Fabergé, St Petersburg, 1899-1908

200,000 - 300,000





Ivan Aivazovsky (1817-1900)
The Great Pyramid at Giza

300,000 - 500,000





Comment: Sarah Mansfield, Head of Department and Mark Moehrke, Director of Russian Works of Art: “This season, Christie’s welcomed buyers from a record 27 countries to our Russian Art sale. The buzz in the saleroom was heightened by strong telephone bidding as well as keen internet participation. Buyers responded enthusiastically to the rarest and most important Works of Art offered during November’s Russian Art Week 2010. A new world auction record was established for an Imperial Presentation Snuff-Box with miniature, by Faberge, which sold for £937,250, more than doubling its low estimate. The highlight of the porcelain section was the pair of monumental porcelain vases by the Imperial Porcelain Factory, which sold for just under £1 million. The Russian Pictures section was 73% sold by lot and testified to the continued demand for privately-sourced paintings of exceptional quality and rarity. The majority of the picture lots in the top 10 had never been seen on the market before and justifiably incited international interest.

In 2010, Christie’s sold Russian Art for a total value of over £30 million, an increase of 33% against the previous year. The top lot in 2010, Vasya, by Kuzma Petrov Vodkin sold in June for £1,883,250 and established a new world auction record for the artist.

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