Russian and Ukrainian Paintings Lead International Fine and Decorative Art Sale

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Shapiro Auctions will bring July to a close with its upcoming sale of International Fine and Decorative Art. Scheduled for July 31st, 2021, the auction offers more than 500 lots of contemporary and antique works of art. Live bidding will begin at 10:00 AM EDT. 

Russian and Ukrainian artworks lead the listings, including two paintings by Alexander Archipenko. The Ukraine-born artist was among the first to bring Cubism to sculpture and architecture. Archipenko also blurred the lines between sculpture and painting, often using wood, metal, glass, and other materials to create low-relief sculptural works. 

Both available Archipenko paintings are traditional oil on canvases. His undated Torse painting also steps away from Cubism. It depicts the front of a nude against an abstract background (lot #22; estimate: USD 125,000 – $175,000). Archipenko’s Woman in Blue Hat from the late 1920s is also on offer. The artist completed this painting after moving to New York and opening an art school. It shows the head and shoulders of a blonde woman who turns her head away from the viewer (lot #23; estimate: $40,000 – $60,000).

Konstantin Gorbatov (Russian 1876-1945)
Konstantin Gorbatov (Russian 1876-1945)

Works by Konstantin Gorbatov, Aleksandr Deineka, and Semyon Faibisovich lead the Russian art selections. Gorbatov’s Tiberias, Lake Gennesaret from 1935 depicts the mountains and buildings surrounding the freshwater Sea of Galilee (lot #7; estimate: $40,000 – $60,000). The available painting by Deineka, titled Woman with Stroller, Italy, breaks from the artist’s typical Soviet Realist style. It offers a simple image of a mother pushing a baby stroller down the street (lot #29; estimate: $40,000 – $60,000). Faibisovich’s He and She represents contemporary Russian art in the auction catalog. Executed in 2007, the oil painting shows a pair of teenagers frowning in the sunlit backseat of a car (lot #158; estimate: $30,000 – $40,000). 

The auction will also bring lots from Vietnamese painters Vũ Cao Đàm and Mai Trung Thứ. Both painters were among the first graduates of Hanoi’s École des Beaux-Arts de l’Indochine in the 1930s. Bidders can consider a pink and light blue horse painting from Vũ (lot #9; estimate: $45,000 – $65,000) and a multigenerational family portrait by Mai Thứ (lot #10; estimate: $40,000 – $60,000). 

Beyond fine art, the catalog also offers:

* Camillo Mandelli ‘da Calco’ maple violin from 1919 (lot #352; estimate: $30,000 – $35,000)

* A 5.03-carat emerald-cut diamond ring in a ballerina setting (lot #303; estimate: $20,000 – $25,000)

* Bronze figure sculpture by Miguel Ortiz Berrocal (lot #112; estimate: $10,000 – $15,000)

* James Robinson Queen Anne 138-piece silver set (lot #375; estimate: $7,000 – $9,000)

* Purpurine, gold, and diamond egg pendant from Fabergé workmaster Henrik Wingstrom (lot #310; estimate: $3,500 – $4,500)

Founded in 2007, Shapiro Auctions is located in Westchester County, New York. It serves the tristate area and offers yearly sales of European, American, Russian, Latin American, and Asian works of art. The auction house also offers both contemporary and antique decorative art, rare books, and militaria. 

Shapiro Auctions’ upcoming International Fine and Decorative Art sale will begin on July 31st, 2021 at 10:00 AM EDT. Visit the Shapiro Auctions website for more information, and register to bid on Bidsquare.

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