Interest in early 20th century Russian art increasing


Detail of Alexandra Exter, 'Voilier et coquillage. Image courtesy of Bonhams

Bonhams, the auction house, says they are seeing increased demand for 20th century Russian art.

“At the moment collectors’ interest is shifting towards Russian artists who embraced modernism and who contributed to the artistic development of the early 20th century,” says Yelena Harbrick, Bonhams international director of Russian fine and decorative arts.

On June 3 Bonhams London will host a sale of Russian art, which will include ‘Volier et coquilage’ by Alexandra Exter, a large still life painting estimated to reach between £200,000 and £300,000.

Christie’s will also be holding a sale of Russian art in June, whilst Sotheby’s will be hosting two sales of Russian art in London. The first of the Sotheby’s sales will take place on the morning of June 2 and will focus on Russian Pictures whilst the second will take place in the afternoon and will include other works of Russian Art including Faberge and Icons. The Christie’s sale will take place on June 1 and will include two paintings by Nicholas Roerich, which have never before appeared at auction.

Upcoming Russian art sales

Russia Works of Art, Fabergé & Icons, Sotheby’s London, 2.30pm BST, 2nd June 2015

Russian Art, Christie’s London, 10.30am & 2.00pm BST, 1st June 2015

Russian Pictures, Sotheby’s London, 10.30am BST, 2nd June 2015

The Russian Sale, Bonhams London, 2.00pm BST, 3rd June 2015