Autumn Sale

Saturday, September 29, 2012 Gene Shapiro will hold its autumn sale in its
series of quarterly auctions of Russian + International fine and decorative
art. This season, the sale, comprised of 444 lots, will emphasize 19th and
20th c. fine art, with more than 250 lots dedicated to paintings from
Russian, European and American artists. The auction will also feature
outstanding icons, bronzes, books, porcelain, modernist furniture, works of
art and miniatures that will not disappoint even the most seasoned
collector. The sale will take place at 10 am on September 29, at the auction
house’s Upper East Side gallery at 506 East 74 Street, New York, NY, with a
weeklong preview beginning on Saturday, September 22. The gallery will be
open for viewing daily from 10 am to 6 pm, as well as by appointment.

The auction will feature over 250 paintings, including a group of sixty
works from a single owner collection of artists from the École de Paris,
including works by Michel Kikoine, Jacques Chapiro, and Pinchus Kremegne,
among others. The sale will also include a series of delicate antique
portrait miniatures on ivory from the 18th to early 20th c., featuring
portraits of such figures from Russian and European history as Empress
Elizabeth Petrovna (lot 114), Empress Elizabeth Alexeievna (lot 115), and
Princess Marie Louise of Savoy (lot 118).

Gene Shapiro retains its status as one of the leading auctioneers of
Russian icons, and the sale will include over thirty icons and religious
works of art. Some of the highlights from this portion of the auction
include lot 147, an early 18th  century monumental Russian icon of the holy
visage with a gilded silver oklad (estimated at $35,000-45,000). Another
magnificent icon of the Iverskaya Mother of God and the Christ Child, lot
173, features an ornate oklad decorated with river pearls and cloisonne
enamel ($45,000-65,000).

As usual, there will be a selection of rare and masterfully executed
bronzes by masters such as Evgeniy Alexandrovich Lanceray, Albert Moritz
Wolf, Nikolai Ivanovich  Lieberich and Vassili Grachev. The sale will
feature two wilderness inspired sculptures by Lieberich, including the
dynamic figural grouping, A Hunter’s Fight With a Bear (lot 94A,
$35,000-45,000) and the stately figure of a Standing  Bear  killed by
Emperor Alexander II in 1865 (lot 94B, $10,000-15,000). The sale will
include several bronzes by Evgeny Lanceray, including a casting of a
Zaporozhian Cossack after Battle (lot 98, $20,000-30,000) and a large
sculpture of Don Cossacks Crossing The Balkans (97, $25,000-35,000).

The sale will feature a large range of paintings from artists as
varied as Julian Onderdonk, Vu Cao Dam,  Francis Newton Souza, Ivan
Aivazovsky, Konstantin Korovin, Konstantin Westchiloff, Boris Aronson, Oleg
Tselkov and Eugene Rukhin. Presented on the auction block will be an
enchanting midnight landscape by Alexander Vasilievich Gine, Woodland by
Moonlight (lot 186, $70,000-90,000),  a mesmerizing early work by Oleg
Vassiliev of a Road to the Country House (lot 350, $20,000-25,000),  as well
as an electrified sculpture by Leonid Sokov of a Bear and Marilyn (lot 360,
$40,000-50,000).

The auction and the preview will take place at Gene Shapiro Auctions
at 506 East 74 Street, New York, NY, and a detailed full color catalogue as
well as bidding forms are available at www.geneshapiro.com

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