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Lidia Masterkova (1927-2008)
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Lidia Masterkova (1927-2008)


Lidia Masterkova (1927-2008)
signed in Cyrillic and dated 'L. Masterkova 69.' (lower right)
mixed media on canvas
41 1/8 x 37 1/8 in. (104.5 x 94.5 cm.)
Executed in 1969
Acquired from the artist by Joyce Lasky Reed (1934-2010), Washington, D.C.
By descent to the present owner.
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Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.

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Lot Essay

Following a successful career as a writer and a foreign policy adviser in Washington D.C., Joyce Lasky Reed founded the Fabergé Arts Foundation, a nonprofit organisation formed to preserve Russian cultural heritage, particularly tied to the work of Peter Karl Fabergé (1846-1942). She helped coordinate important Fabergé exhibitions in Washington, St Petersburg, London and Paris, and was a co-editor (with S. Swezey) of Fabergé Flowers, New York, 2004.
In the 1960s Lasky Reed lived in Moscow with her first husband Anatole Shub (1928-2006), who was based there as a foreign correspondent. During this time the couple had met with and supported various unofficial artists, such as Lidia Masterkova. The present work is a rare and exceptional example of the artist's work from the most sought-after period of her career.

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