PAINTINGS may have provided the large bulk of the money raised in last week’s Russian sales, but the auctions also provided the usual glut of works of art, Fabergé and icons.
Christie's top object in their June 6 sale was
a vase made by the Imperial Porcelain Factory in 1866 which went
below-estimate at £350,000, while a Fabergé snuff-box from c.1890
with an inset miniature of Nicholas II (given to Lord Carrington in
1894) sold at £320,000 against a £300,000-500,000 estimate.
Selling at Sotheby's against a £30,000-50,000
pitch was this 5in (12.2cm) wide silver gilt and cloisonné enamel
pictorial box, probably by Feodor Rückert, 1911.
The panel to the lid depicts the monument to Emperor Alexander
II in Kiev. The box was thought to commemorate the 50th anniversary
of the Emperor's emancipation of the serfs in 1861.
Selling to a private buyer at £175,000, it was the top lot at
Sotheby's works of art sale.