Collections of pictures from Russia and Gibraltar go under the hammer

22nd June 2017

Art collections from communist Russia and monarchist Gibraltar will be going under the hammer in the Cotswolds in July.

A collection of over 100 works of 20th century Russian art, in varying sizes and media, some by named artists and others by artists unknown, was amassed by a single collector.

It will be sold at Moore Allen & Innocent's selected antiques sale in Cirencester on Friday, July 7.

Among the most prominent works are They Listened to Lenin, a portrait of Baltic sailors painted in typical post-revolution style by Y Rainer in 1967. It carries an estimate of £300 to £500.

Leto (which translates to Summer), a study of a horse and cart as seen through the window of a barn, painted by Darya Alexandrovna Kollegova in 1987 should make £500 to £800, while Flowers in the Window, a still life by Nina Sergeevna (1901-1988) carries an estimate of £800 to £1,200.

And Natasha, a portrait of a woman holding a book on her lap, and looking thoughtfully into the distance, is expected to achieve £300 to £500.

Painted in oils by Vasily Filipovich Rudnev in 1979, the full-length portrait measures 130cm tall by 57cm wide.

The Gibraltar collection, meanwhile, consists mainly of 18th century maps of the island, and pictures of the royal family.

Among the maps is an engraving, Plan of the Town and Fortifications of Gibraltar commissioned for Mr Tindal's continuation of Mr Rapin's History of England in 1738.

The maps carry estimates of between £100 and £200 each.

A portrait in oils of Elizabeth, the Queen Mother by Flora Lion, measuring 101cm by 86cm, carries an estimate of £800 to £1,200 as should a pair of signed photographs of George VI and Queen Elizabeth by Dorothy Wilding in 1951, and a pair of photographic portraits signed by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in 1976.

Another interesting signed photograph was taken at a meeting of the four Allied commanders at the end of the Great War.

The full length portrait of General Pétain (France), Marshal Sir Douglas Hague (Great Britain) Marshal Ferdinand Foch (Supreme Allied Commander), and General John Pershing (United States) was taken by Captain Pupier, secretary to Foch.

Signed by each of the four generals it is expected to achieve £300 to £500.

From Russia and Gibraltar to Cornwall and Scotland, a signed limited edition print of Genesis by Barbara Hepworth carries an estimate of £1,500 to £2,500, while five 19th century Scottish long case clocks with brightly decorated faces should make between £500 and £1,500 each.

They include a William Anderson of St Andrews clock decorated with a unionist bagpiper, a clock by James Christie of Perth, featuring a scene of a church, a James Jamieson, Menton Stewart decorated with a portrait of Nelson and scenes from Trafalgar, and clocks by Andrew Black of Edinburgh and David Todd of Kinross decorated with figurative representations of the four seasons.

Back to the Cotswolds, and an arts and crafts oak bedstead by Ernest Gimson of Sapperton, decorated in simple notched design in the form of swag, is expected to achieve between £1,000 and £1,500, while a circa 1926 oak armchair with original zigzag patterned upholstery by Gordon Russell of Broadway should fetch £500 to £800.

From Cirencester itself, a collection of chemists' jars, once in situ at G Horton chemist in Cirencester, is expected to achieve between £2,000 and £3,000.

The Victorian jars, six large and five small, were made by Doulton Lambeth. Each is embossed with the Latin name of its chemical contents.

Finally - and perhaps for medicinal purposes - the auctioneers will be offering bidders a large selection of wines, ports, and spirits.

Among the standout lots, bottles of 1963 ports by Taylors, Cockburns, and Grahams, and 1966 ports by Taylors, should achieve £50 to £100 per bottle, while a non-vintage bottle of Krug Grande Cuvée champagne dating from between 1978 and 1983 is expected to achieve between £150 and £250.

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