July 28 – August 5, 2016
May 21, 2016
New York, NY – Shapiro Auctions is pleased to announce its May sale of Fine and Decorative art, taking place on May 21st, 2016 in two parts: the Russian fine and decorative art sale will start at 10am EST, followed by the European and International sale starting at 3:30pm EST. Featuring over 500 lots, with works ranging from the 17th century to the present, the sale will comprise of a wide variety of interesting works and unique collections from around the world.
One of the opening lots of the auction will be the stunning, fantastical rendition of a biblical scene, Columbarium (est.$30,000-40,000), inspired largely by Polish Symbolist Wilhelm Kotarbinsky’s extended stay in Rome. Featured among the Russian artists are Nikolay Bogdanov Belsky, Vasiliy Kotarbinsky, Boris Anisfeld, and the Non-Conformists Ilya Kabakov, Natalia Nesterova, Anatoly Zverev, Lev Meshberg, Pyotr Belenok, and Mihail Chemiakin.
David Burliuk’s The Living Still Life (est.$30,000-40,000), a monumental work on canvas depicting a textural, colorful, Futurist bouquet will be among the works presented. This work was acquired directly from Burliuk by Maurice Jungbeck, a friend and frequent sitter of portraits by Burliuk around the 1930s, and has stayed in the family since then. According to Gene Shapiro, President of the Auction House, "This is one of the largest and most impressive still-lives by Burliuk I have ever seen. It has excellent provenance, and is fresh to the market. It's a must-buy for any serious collector of Burliuk.”
The auction will also feature a unique collection of over 1,700 turn of the 20th century strongmen photographs (est. $100,000-$150,000), which depict an array of circus performers posing as both professional bodybuilders and masculine icons, stripping down to show off their physical perfection. The collection is of interest not only to collectors of old photographs, but also to collectors of early homoeroticism. The sale will also include a large selection of early Soviet books and rare posters, and as for the Russian decorative arts, there will be a variety of Potemkin glass and antique icons.
The Russian section of the sale will be followed by works of Georgian/Armenian artists such as Alexander Bashbeuk-Melikian, Martiros Saryan, Dmitri Nalbandian, Avto Varazi, and Georgiy Bashindzhagyan. Also featured will be an extensive collection of over 1,200 rare books, periodicals, exhibition catalogues, and other materials related to Latvian art and literature of the first half of the twentieth century (1917-1945) (est.$100,000-150,000.) This collection of Latvian material contains much printed matter that is not in the collections of major libraries worldwide.
A selection of Chinese blanc de chine, jade carvings, bronzes, scrolls, and magnificent paintings by Vu Cao Dam and Le Pho will open the second part of the sale at Lot 500. Next, Portia and the Caskets, Scene from the Merchant of Venice (est. $50,000-70,000) by French history painter Alexandre Cabanel will lead the section of European and American paintings. Classically trained, Cabanel romanticizes the Shakespearean scene and masterfully places its focus on the beautiful Portia. This work was a part of the collection of Mrs. A. Tabin, the mother of the winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, James Tobin.
Another noteworthy work by the famous French painter Andre Lhote is Nues Devant le Fleuve (est. $300,000-400,000) which highlights the artist’s Cubist tendencies in a vivid depiction of two reclining female nudes resting by a river full of sailboats. The work was exhibited the same year of its execution, at Galerie Eugene Druet, Lhote’s first exhibition in Paris. The sale will also feature notable works by Edouard Leon Cortes, Richard Maury, Louis Eilshemius, Antoine Blanchard, Eugene Laloue, Andre Cottavoz, Benjamin Canas, and Jesus Rafael Soto.
A large selection of Russian and Soviet paintings and books will be auctioned off at no reserve. All lots will be on view at Shapiro Auctions in New York, at 506 East 74th Street, during the week-long preview from Saturday May 14th to Friday May 20th, 10am-6pm. A full catalogue of the lots will be available on www.shapiroauctions.com.
March 12, 2016
New York, NY – To welcome the spring auction season, Shapiro Auctions will hold it’s sale of Important Fine and Decorative Art and Antiques, Icons, and Asian Art with works from the 13th century to the present. With more than 450 lots, the sale will feature works by European, American, Russian, Asian, and Latin American artists.
Among the American works presented at auction will be a quiet landscape created by a leading member of the Hudson River School, Sanford Robinson Gifford. The paysage was gifted by the artist to the son of Archibald McIntyre, the co-founder of the Adirondack Iron and Steel Company. The sale will likewise feature a selection of works by America’s leading 19th and 20th century artists, including Leon Kroll, Albert Herter, Jules Eugene Pages, Reginald Marsh, Emma Fordyce Macrae and Max Weber among others.
Albert Ernest Carrier-Belleuse’s luscious sculpture of Angelique Chained to a Rock, a stunning example of the French sculptor’s terracotta work, will be among the works presented by European artists at the auction. Likewise, included in the sale will be a nautical masterpiece by the German painter Theodore Weber depicting the Good Luck, a ship bearing the burgee of the New York Yacht Club on its middle mast. The continent will further be represented by paintings by Herbert Gandy, a work attributed to J. M. W. Turner, Hans Zatzka, Eugene Verboekhoven, Ludwig Blum, Carl Max Gerlach Quaedvlieg, Frans van Everbroeck, as well as others.
Taking place in the heart of New York’s Asia Week, the sale at Shapiro Auctions will also prominently showcase a large selection of Chinese works of art, including an impressive collection of blanc de chine and a selection of jade carvings. In the fine art category, there will also be paintings by the Vietnamese-French artist Le Pho.
Officially the only auction house in the United States that maintains a strong focus on the art of Russia and the CIS, with this auction Shapiro will not disappoint lovers and collectors of Eastern European art. The sale will present a spectacular selection of works from such masters as Stepan Kolesnikov, Franz Roubaud, Arthur Fonvizin, Gregory Gluckmann, Boris Anisfeld, Komar & Melamid, Ilya Bolotowsky, Vladimir Yakovlev and Eduard Steinberg. Included in the sale is a powerful portrait of Vera Ketlinskaya by Evgeny Kibrik, a student of Pavel Filonov. This portion of the auction will also fearture an impressive selection by Georgian and Armenian artists, such as Richard Zommer, Nikolai Bogdanov-Belsky, Merab Abramishvili, Georgy Bashindzhagyan, Alexander Bashbeuk-Melikian and others.
A large portion of the auction will also be devoted to Russian Orthodox icons. The sale will feature more than 70 icons, with some magnificent examples dating back to the 17th century. As always, Shapiro Auctions will also present a selection of Soviet posters, rare books, bronzes and decorative art to please all tastes.
The auction will take place on Saturday, March 12, 2016 with a fully illustrated catalogue available on www.shapiroauctions.com for review. The works can be viewed in the gallery located at 506 East 74th Street, New York, NY 10021, during the preview week of March 5-11th, 10am – 6pm, as well as by appointment.
May 16, 2015
New York, NY – On May 16, 2014 Shapiro Auctions will hold an auction of American and European fine art, presenting a diverse selection of works by masters celebrated on the world stage from the 19th century to the present.
The sale will feature multiple works by members of the Hudson River School, including
paintings by such artists as Jasper Francis Cropsey, and Joseph Morviller, who epitomized the region’s magnificent forested mountains in his Autumnal Sunrise (est. $10,000-15,000). An early work by the master painter of the American West, Albert Bierstadt, depicting a grouping of graceful ungulates grazing in the Swiss Alps, Chamoix (est. $20,000-30,000), will also be among the offerings.
The European vein of the landscape tradition, as represented by the French Impressionists will be in the auction, as well, with a delicate watercolor of the Fontainebleau Forest by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (est. $15,000-20,000). Another luminary of the Impressionist movement, Camille Pissarro, will be represented in the auction with a gouache and pastel composition Travailleurs des champs, Pontoise (est. $700,000-900,000) depicting peasants working in a field; created during a critical period for the artist, the work was executes as Pissarro was transitioning from landscape to figure painting.
Shapiro Auctions will showcase further explorations of the figure, as represented in the work of Giovanni Boldini, Europe’s most in-demand portraitist at the dawn of the 20th century. Renowned for his luscious portraits of society women, his 1871 painting of a woman in a tricorn has undeniable presence (est. $60,000-70,000) masterfully captured and highlighted by the artist. The American realist painter Richard Maury, too, elevates the everyday, as exemplified in his interior-set portrait, Elena (est. $15,000-20,000), filled with captivating domestic details and soft light.
Not to be missed are the three colorful, sun-drenched paintings by Nicola Simbari, including The Wall (est. $7,000-9,000), and the stark 1962 abstract composition by Al Held, AF 7 (est. $8,000-12,000).
The full selection will be on view at the Shapiro Auctions in New York, at 506 East 74th Street, during the week-long preview from Saturday May 9th to May 15th, 10am-6pm, as well as by appointment. A full catalogue of the lots will be available on www.shapiroauctions.com approximately three weeks before the May 16th auction.
February 28, 2015
New York, NY– Shapiro Auctions announces its Winter sale of European & Russian Fine and Decorative Art, taking place on February 28th, 2015 at 10am EST. The sale will present a spectacular collection of nearly 400 lots, featuring works by masters of European and Russian fine art in lots 1 to 227, followed by rare Russian icons, bronzes, militaria and objets d’art from lots 228 to 386.
A portrait of Princess Charlotte of Wales (1796-1817), the would-be Queen of the United Kingdom, depicting her ascension to heaven, painted by George Dawe in 1818 shortly after the beloved Princess’ untimely death, will be one of the opening lots of the auction. Previously in the collection of the King of Hannover, who exhibited it in the Herrenhausen Castle, the painting will be featured with an estimate of $100,000-150,000 (lot 9). Another work from a noble estate, a watercolor of Maximilian de Beauharnais, the Third Duke of Leuchtenberg, by the father of Russian watercolor portraiture, Pyotr Fyodorovich Sokolov, will follow shortly, as lot 12 ($12,000-15,000).
A stunning composition by the artist and spiritual leader Nikolai Roerich, Secrets of the Walls, originally owned by the illustrious American art collector John T. Spalding, will be amongst the masterpieces of Russian art to be featured in the sale (lot 100, $750,000-850,000). The auction will also include pieces by such Russian avant-garde émigré artists as Vladimir Baranoff-Rossiné and Alexander Arhchipenko, as well as numerous members of the Paris School. Non-Conformist artists will be strongly represented, as well, with works in various media by Leonid Sokov (Stalin and Marilyn, lot 200, $18,000-20,000; Meeting of the Two Sculptures, lot 201, $15,000-17,000), Oleg Tselkov, Oscar Rabin, Eugene Rukhion, Vasily Sitnikov, Leonid Purygin and others.
Over the course of the previous year Shapiro Auctions has established itself as the leading purveyor of early Soviet Agitational propaganda lacquer ware (AGITLAK), and this auction proves the rule. Amongst the offering will be an exceptional photo album dedicated to the Belomorkanal Im. Stalina with photographs by Alexander Rodchenko and a carved bone and lacquer cover (lot 277, $50,000-70,000). The lot will be followed by an AGITLAK box featuring an elaborate miniature painting depicting Soviet activists educating members of the Tatar diaspora (lot 278, $12,000-15,000).
The auction will feature nearly 30 antique Russian icons, including a monumental art nouveau triptych of Christ surrounded by Archangels Michael and Gabriel, painted in a style that that recalls the work of Mikhail Vasnetsov and other contributors to the St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral in Kiev (lot 254, $130,000-150,000). A more delicate icon of Christ Pantocrator with a gilt silver and cloisonné enamel oklad by Gustav Klingert will be featured as lot 249 ($35,000-45,000).
Amongst the dazzling decorative artwork included in the auction will be a pair of spectacular ormolu-mounted, cut-crystal vases designed by I. A. Ivanov for the Imperial Glass Factory in the 1820s, when they were presented to members of the Russian Imperial Court for the Easter or Christmas holidays (lot 339, $100,000-150,000). The sale will also feature two other pairs of exceptionally rare, stunning vases from the Russian Imperial Porcelain Factory (lots 294, $300,000-400,000 and 295, $200,000-300,000).
The full collection of 386 lots will be on view during the weeklong preview period when the gallery will be open 10 am - 6 pm daily from February 21 to 27, 2015, as well as by appointment. The auction and preview will take place at Shapiro Auctions located at 506 East 74 Street, New York, NY 10021, and a full catalogue is available at www.shapiroauctions.com.
October 25, 2014
New York, NY – On its October 25 Fall auction, Shapiro Auctions achieved record setting sales. Leading the way, a rare and exclusive 1931 Soviet Agitlak gift set (Lot 70), commissioned for Nikolai Zinoviev, one of the most prominent masters of Soviet Palekh lacquer miniature painting, originally estimated at $30,000-$40,000, sold for an astonishing $305,000, establishing a record for the category.
Another unique item of historical importance, a Soviet Agitlak keepsake photo album box (Lot 69), created by the Palekh Artel of Ancient Painting, an organization responsible for executing commissions for the most important members of the Bolshevik elite in the USSR, with a high estimate of $15,000, sold for $38,750.
A rare and impressive assortment of Russian icons was also offered to buyers from the private collection of philanthropist and art collector Bernard J. Winters. Selections from the 16th and 17th centuries included a remarkable icon of the Venerable Sergius of Radonezh, circa 1600 (Lot 2; $32,500), a late 16th, early 17th century depiction of the Holy Martyr Paraskeva, with life scenes (Lot 1; $30,720), and a rare 17th century icon of the Trinity with Christ Crucified (Lot 5; $30,000). An exceptional icon of the Descent into Hell and the Resurrection from the Tomb, a spectacular example of the complex version of the Resurrection of Christ (Lot 8; $25,000) was also offered, as well as an icon of the founders of monastic life on the Solovetsky Islands, Saints Zosima and Savatiy (Lot 11; 20,000).
Other notable results included the sale of influential German Symbolist/Art Nouveau painter Franz Von Stuck’s Salome, 1920 (Lot 506), which sold for $173,000. Austrian-Hungarian genre painter Isidor Kaufmann’s Portrait of a Hasidic Jew (Lot 507) sold for $161,000. Critically acclaimed, Shanghai-born realist painter Chen Danqing’s The Country Girls, 1985 (Lot 590) sold for $50,000. And protégé of Gustav Klimt, Egon set of 15 collotypes, estimated at $7,000,-$9,000, sold for over $18,000.
Also attracting a large number of bidders was Russian Impressionist painter Konstantin Korovin’s Still Life with Red Roses (Lot 140) and founding member of Mir iskusstva (World of Art) Alexandre Benois’s House in Cassis (Possibly the Ida Brown Residence) (Lot 172), created during Benois’s travels through the beautiful French countryside. Russian, Soviet non-conformist painter Boris Sveshnikov’s People with Briefcases (Lot 227), which was exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1977, was also highly sought after.
Preparations for its next sale, scheduled to take place in February 2015, are already underway for Shapiro Auctions. Consignments of Russian Fine and decorative art, Latin American art, as well as Asian, European, and American fine art from Old Masters to the present are currently being accepted. For a free auction estimate or a certified appraisal, please contact email@example.com or call 212-717-7500.
June 7, 2014
For the third time in a row, Shapiro Auctions opened their sale with a set of lithographs by Gustav Klimt. The selling price of this lot achieved twice the high estimate, bringing $13,125. Right after, the 12 heliotype plates featuring drawings by Egon Schiele followed, with the title page hand-signed, dated, and numbered by the artist.
An exceptional selection of Russian icons was offered to the buyers during the June 7th Sale, including: lot 4, a Moscow School icon with a rare depiction of Christ Healing the Paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda ($11,875); an icon of Vladimirskaya Mother of God, signed by the established 19th century icon painter Sidor Silin, and formerly from the collection of A. Zinovievskiy (possibly the same Archpriest who presided over the trial for Alexander Pushkin’s murder in a duel); lot 10, a meticulously painted icon of the Resurrection Scenes of Passion and Feasts ($8,750); lot 20, a Mstera icon of Nicholas the Wonderworker with Scenes from His Life ($35,000); lot 21, a Kremlin Imperial workshop icon of Saint Pantaleimon with Scenes from His Life by ($37,500); lot 31, a Palekh icon of the Saviour Not Made by Hands in a silver and enamel oklad ($37,500).
Noteworthy results in the section of Russian 19th century & Modern works of art were brought through bidders’ high demand on paintings by Lapchine (lot 52: $25,000), Altmann(lot 68: $12,500), Gluckmann (lot 69: $25,000), and of course, the beautiful still life with orange flowers and lighthouse by David Burliuk (lot 73: $81,250).
A major part of the lots in the sale consisted of two impressive collections of Russian Nonconformist works on paper including drawings by Sitnikov, Lev & Valentina Kropivnitskiy, Nemukhin, Plavinsky, and Sveshnikov among others. Two abstract works by Nikolai Vechtomov (lots 133 & 134), as well as The Shirt and The Vest by Henry Khudyakov (lots 203 & 204) proved highly popular with bidders, as works by these artists are rarely offered for sale. As usual, the artworks of Anatoly Zverev, the founder of Russian Expressionism, brought intense auction activity. A true bidding war erupted over two works on paper by Zverev inspired by scenes from The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha – lot 143 (from the collection A. Glezer) and lot 162 (from the collection of V. Savinkov), selling for for $15,000 each.
Shapiro Auctions offered several works in various media by Mikhail Chemiakin, including a large oil painting from the Carnival in Saint Petersburg series (lot 186: $21,250).
The June 7th sale featured an intimate selection of decorative art, including a porcelain figure of the World War I hero Kuzma Kryuchkov, which brought a selling price of almost $6,000 (lot 263). Following up on the success of our March 29th Sale, the auction showcased a pair of magnificent Palekh Agitlak items – a lacquerware box (lot 265: $35,000) and a presentation vase (lot 266: $80,000), which reached record-breaking prices.
The auction house’s team of specialists is accepting exceptional consignments throughout the summer in preparation for the Fall 2014 sales, including a Modern and Contemporary Art sale, as well as an auction of Russian Fine and Decorative Art. With extensive advertisement in Europe, Russia, and the US, an established circle of buyers, and a low seller’s commission, we are the perfect place to bring your artwork for consignment.
March 29, 2014
Shapiro Auctions, New York, NY presented a remarkable variety of fine and decorative art among the 434 lots included in the March 29th sale, with a portfolio of collotype plates by Gustav Klimt leading the way with a final price of $114,000. Das Werk Von Gustav Klimt, the only monograph ever published during the artist’s lifetime, presented a collection of fifty poly and monochrome prints of iconic works by the celebrated leader of the Vienna Seccession. This exceptional volume, which served as the opening lot of the auction, was acquired for almost four times its high estimate.
The Russian + International sale brought together a diverse selection, including stunning examples of works by European Old and Modern masters, Russian Orthodox icons, works by 19th century Russian and Easter European luminaries, paintings and sculpture by members of the Non-Conformist movement, antique and rare books, as well as works of decorative art and objects of vertu, including pieces from the famed workshop of Fabergé.
Among the diverse selection of works by Russian and European masters, 19th century country views and seascapes proved to be particularly in demand. A quiet summer landscape by Isaak Levitan from the collection of the Russian Impressionist artist Konstantin Korovin, was acquired by a collector for $120,000. A small view of a Ship in the Black Sea by the celebrated marine artist, Ivan Aivazovsky, brought in $72,000, while Stanislav Zhukovsky’s atmospheric, Midnight Over the Monastery, raised $24,000, twice it’s low estimate. Landscapes by modern masters were sought after, as well, with each of the four paintings by the Non-Conformist artist Alexander Kharitonov greatly surpassing their estimates (lots 166-169).
The works of decorative artists, manuscripts and artist books, including a rare deluxe copy of L`Art décoratif théâtral modern, a collaborative work by the pivotal figures of the Russian avant-garde, Natalia Goncharova and Mikhail Larionov, which sold for $19,200 (original estimate $13,000-15,000) attracted a large number of bidders. Two stunning examples of ‘agitlak’ - varnished papier-mâché with early Soviet imagery painted in miniature – drew an eager audience (lots 356 & 357, sold for $28,800 each). It was a group of four highly important typescripts of screenplays by Andrey Tarkovsky, including an annotated script for the cult sci-fi classic film, Stalker, however, that achieved the highest selling price at the auction, bringing $300,000.
The next sale at Shapiro Auctions is scheduled to take place late May, with a focus on Russian Modern, Non-Conformist and Contemporary Art, followed by a sale of International Post-War and Contemporary Art in November 2014, as well as an auction of Russian + International Art in autumn of 2014. Consignments are currently being accepted for each of the sales. For a free auction estimate or a certified appraisal, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-717-7500.