MONACO, OCTOBER 20th, 2017 – The auction house Hermitage Fine Art shall present over 500 items of Russian art and history of the XVIII – XX centuries on October 27th-29th at Monte-Carlo Metropole hotel.

The auction catalogue includes works of Russian art and graphics, engravings and posters, ancient books, autographs, photographs, items of decorative and applied art, as well as items of Russian military history, phaleristics and numismatics.

Empress Alexandra Feodorovna and Princess of Monaco Grace
Canvas, pastel Dimension: 122 x 120 cm. Right bottom signed
Estimated price:
€20,000 – €30,000

An important distinction of the catalogue are the special themed sections dedicated to the Romanovs dynasty in the form of art and engraved items, as well as dedicated to 100th anniversary of the 1917 Revolution in Russia, memorial items belonging to the last tsar rule, the documents and books telling about the causes and stages of the revolutionary movement. An unusual surprise for the guests will also be a selection of books from the library of Russian businessman B. Berezovsky.

Open letter to the lords, hetmans, boyars and other Christians, Greeks, Serbs, Bulgars, Slavs and Albanians, and people of all ranks, calling on then to rise up against the oppression of Sultan Ahmet and his new ally ‘the heretical Swedish King’, Charles XII.
Signed ‘Petr’.
Iavorov, 8 May 1711. In Russian, oblong folio (32.0 x 38.0 cm), papered seal of the Russian State Arms.
Estimated price:
€40,000 – €50,000

The organizers decided to dedicate their first auction to the memory of a wonderful Russian poet, a Don Cossack, a man of culture and bibliophile Nikolay Turoverov (1899-1972). The catalogue presents a large selection of books and autographs from Turoverov-Oznobishin’s collection.

Flora Rossica
Petropoli [St.-Petersburg]: J.J. Weitbrecht, 1784-1788
Estimated price:
€30,000 – €40,000
Among other items Hermitage Fine Art will present early but excellently crafted work by Konstantin Makovskiy “Salome holding the head of John the Baptist at king Herod’s feast”; the paired dessert vases crafted by the Imperial glass works for the Petergof “Cottage” palace; the most rare samples of porcelain owned by members of the Imperial House; the album of essay engravings “Darling” by F. Tolstoy; autographs of Peter the Great, Anna of Russia, Catherine the Great, Alexander I, Nicolas II, Rasputin, Stalin; the last letters of the love correspondence between Alexander II and Catherine Dolgorukov, archive materials of His Highness duke S. G. Romanovskiy; a most rare album of photographs about the early history of Russian aviation; a no less interesting and rare album of photographs dedicated to conclusion of the 1918 Brest-Litovsk Treaty.

silver oklad stamped with maker’s initials A.I. in Cyrillic, hallmark: 84 assay, with assay master’s hallmark ‘Kovalsky Andrey Antonovitch’
oil on wood Moscow 1856
Estimated price:
€2,500 – €3,000

And, as a true piece de resistance, the auction will feature a unique memorial item – a pad crafted by two august sisters – Empress Alexandra Feodorovna and Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna.

President of the Hermitage Fine Art Alessandro Conelli remarked: “We are honored to present a rich collection of Russian art items from the last three centuries, which has been carefully collected for many decades. Presenting materials associated with the times of the Russian Revolution since 100 years has symbolic significance to us”.

To celebrate opening of the first auction, Hermitage Fine Art invites collectors and friends for an opening ceremony at the Metropole hotel on October 26th, 2017.
A cocktail starts at 6:00 PM.

The exhibition and auction timetable:

October 27th, 2017 – EXHIBITION (11AM – 5PM) & AUCTION – Part I (6PM)

October 28th, 2017 – EXHIBITION (11AM – 2PM) & AUCTION – Part II (2PM)

October 29th, 2017 – EXHIBITION (11AM – 2PM) & AUCTION – Part III  (2PM)

Auction house Hermitage Fine Art

Hermitage Fine Art is a new auction project founded in 2017 in Monaco, comprising a team of leading international specialists working in various art sectors across Europe and Russia, united by their love for Russian culture, history and fine arts, by their wish to preserve and popularise Russian cultural heritage abroad.

Hermitage Fine Art plans to hold not only auctions but also to carry out cultural activity.

Hermitage Fine Art specialists are ready to meet with you for expert evaluation of your items at any location in world, as well as receive you at our gallery Hermitage Fine Art in Monaco.

The next auction of Russian art will be held at the beginning of 2018. Follow our announcements on the official website