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A small work by Russian artist Ivan Pavlovich Pokhitonov – estimated at £60,000-80,000 at Harry Moore-Gwyn’s Blythe Road sale on April 5 in West Kensington.

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Duck Hunters on a Lake, a 6 x 9¾in (15 x 25cm) oil on panel from 1885, is typical of the highly detailed hunting and shooting scenes for which the artist is best known.

A trained zoologist, Pokhitonov had by 1869 dedicated himself wholly to painting and later moved to France and then Belgium, although he remained a quasi-nomad, travelling with a carriage of his own design that served as a studio.

Guided at £60,000- 80,000, the work has been authenticated and included in Oliver Bertrand’s catalogue raisonné.

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