MacDougall Arts Ltd
33 St. James's Square, London SW1Y 4JS
About Auction HouseFounded in 2006, MacDougall offers works of Russian fine art from the 19th to the 21st century. MacDougall has known to become one of the three world-leading auctions in Russian art, showcasing unique and rare categories. With the commitment for expansion into several areas, the auction house expects continued growth.
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Nicholas Roerich, Pechory Monastery, Internal Exit from the Old Belfry. LONDON.- Nicholas Roerich's monumental painting Pechory Monastery, Internal Exit from the Old Belfry, considered lost for over 115 years, will appear at 15 October Russian art auction at MacDougall's. The re-emergence of this masterpiece is a truly significant event for the Russian art market. The work belongs to the famous "Architectural Series", created by the artist during his trips across Russia in 1903-1904, organized by the Imperial Society for the Encouragement of Arts. It was after these trips that Roerich notes "It is time for a Russian educated person to discover and fall in love with Russia". Since Roerich worked en plein air, most of the works he created during his travels are small sketches painted on plywood. The absolute uniqueness of Pechory Monastery. Internal Exit from the Old Belfry is that it is a large, fully accomplished oil painting on canvas. The work Pechory Monastery. Internal Exit from the Old Belfry is not just one of the finest examples of the best Russian period of Roerich, but also a symbol of modern Russia entering its spiritual past. However, it’s fate was tragic. After it was exhibited in St. Petersburg in 1904, Emperor Nicholas II gave the order to buy the painting for the Russian Museum. Both Russian and European art communities commented on the work with enthusiasm. It was reproduced in French (Roseau, Nicolas Constantinovitch Roerich, L'Art Decoratif, No. 86, November 1905, p. 175) and Russian press (S. Makovsky, Svyatyni nashei stariny (Po povodu etudov N. Rerikha), Zhurnal dlya vsekh, No. 6, June 1904, p. 355). Roerich, who dreamed of world fame, decided to first send the canvas to exhibitions in London and Paris and only after that transfer the work to the Russian Museum. Soon, he was given the opportunity to participate in a larger project – the St. Louis World Exhibition of 1904 in USA. Many other outstanding Russian artists, such as Klavdy Lebedev and Petr Petrovichev, took part in that exhibition along with Roerich. However, the painting was never returned from the United States because of the fraud…
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Konstantin Somov, A Young Lady and a Student. Estimate: £200,000–300,000. LONDON.-MacDougall’s live auction, 30 May 2020, offers an Exceptional Collection of Russian Art of a European Gentleman, plus other properties. The 200 lot auction, including both classic and contemporary works, will be held in the traditional format of phone, commission, and online bidding, but without in-room bidding and public exhibition due to Coronavirus restrictions. Director William MacDougall explained: ‘We've had enough disruptions to our lives as it is. At least an auction can be held in a way with which collectors are all accustomed”. The sale includes masterpieces by classic 19th and 20th century Russian artists such as Shishkin, Korovin, Sudeikin, Annenkov, Vereshchagin, Khrutsky, Falk, Somov, Brodsky and many others. Key contemporary artists are represented by such names as Koshlyakov, Nemukhin, Plavinsky, Chuikov, Sitnikov, and Pepperstein. Many paintings in the collection have a long exhibition history as well as distinguished provenance. One of the star lots of the auction is Konstantin Somov’s oil A Young Lady and a Student (estimate £200,000–300,000), which originally comes from a prestigious collection of art historian Pavel Etinger. It was exhibited at the 100th anniversary exhibition of Somov’s works in the State Russian Museum in 1969. It belongs to the artist’s famous series of “gallant scenes” of the early post-revolutionary years when Somov painted gracious youths in the idyllic settings, in denial of the horrors of the Bolshevik regime. One of the contemporary masters of Russian art, Koshlyakov is represented by three works from a distinguished British collection. His monumental, five metre masterpiece Grand Opera, Paris executed in 1995 (estimate £35,000–50,000) is a fine example of the master’s vision of the fragility of European civilisation as well as an extraordinary rendition of the monument.
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Featured in the upcoming MacDougall Art auction of Russian and European paintings are several influential artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. The work of Léopold Survage, a Finnish-born French artist, is among the highlighted lots. Survage was best known for his abstract depictions of city scenes. His work helped bridge the gap between Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism after he came under the influence of André Masson in the 1930s. Available in this auction is an oil painting by Survage from 1961. Another leading lot is a painting titled Standing Nude from the Back by Jurij Pavlovic Annenkov. This painting shows the clear outline of a nude female figure. Annenkov’s work frequently incorporates gestural lines and textures. Also featured is Konstantin Korovin’s Impressionist painting capturing a scenic view of the Eiffel Tower at night. To view the entire collection of Russian artworks and register to bid, visit Invaluable.
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MacDougall’s offers an exceptional collection of Russian art of a European gentleman, plus other properties
Mikhail Tkachenko, Meeting of Tsar Nicolas II and the President of the French Republic Armand Fallieres in Cherbourg Harbour on 31 July 1909. Estimate £80,000 – 120,000. LONDON.- MacDougall’s online only auction, 30 April – 16 May, offers an Exceptional Collection of Russian Art of a European Gentleman, plus other properties. The sale includes masterpieces of classic 19th and 20th century masters such as Shishkin, Korovin, Sudeikin, Sokolov-Skalya, Annenkov, Vereshchagin, Khrutsky and many others. Key contemporary artists represented by such names as Koshlyakov, Nemukhin, Plavinsky, Chuikov, Sitnikov, Pepperstein and others. Many paintings in the collection have a long exhibition history as well as distinguished provenance. Mikhail Tkachenko’s seascape Meeting of Tsar Nicolas II and the President of the French Republic Armand Fallieres in Cherbourg Harbour on 31 July 1909 (Estimate £80,000 – 120,000) has a particularly strong artistic and historic merit. It was commission by Tsar Nicholas II and gifted to the French President Fallieres upon signing the Franco-Russian alliance just before the first world war. On 9th of July Nicholas II presented Fallieres with a gold medal inscribed “Former enemies – now cordial friends”. That beautiful, as well as imposing, over two metre seascape was illustrated in Novoe Vremia in August 1911, and was widely publicised and praised in the French press at the time. Vasily Vereshchagin’s jewel of a painting Iconostasis of the Church of St John the Evangelist on the Ishnya River (Estimate £25,000–40,000) was painted specifically for his landmark 1888 exhibition in Paris. In search of typical images of Russia, Vereshchagin repeatedly travelled to the small village Bog to paint the local church’s iconostasis. The painting was exhibited numerously in the 19th and 20th centuries. The artist created three versions of the interior, two of which now adorn the collection of the State Russian Museum, while the third is now presented for auction at MacDougall’s. 20th century Russian art is particularly well represented in the sale with three magnificent Konstantine Korovin oils, executed in France in 1920s as well as by a 20 work collection of George Annenkov. It includes a magnificent Still life (Estimate 70,000-120,000), oil…