MacDougall`s Russian Icons Auction 1st Dec 2011. 30A Charles 11 Street, St.James. SW1Y

 Lot 513

Silver & Enamel Tryptych of St George,with St Nicholas the Miracle Worker, & Alexei the Metropolitan of Moscow.

St George & the dragon are the emblem of Moscow, and signify victorious.

This unique Tryptych was  most probably intended for ceremonial presentation to the Emperor Nicholas 11.

The art of enamelling is part of Russian national culture, and the colours remain fresh & vivid.

MacDougall`s breathtaking selection of Icons, sacred images of Faith, mystical & redolent of Symbolism, feature gilding and jewels, & the finely drawn faces show their Spiritual qualities. These works of Art have been cherished for many generations.

Repin Ilya Russian Painter. 1844-1930. MacDougal`s Important Russian Art Auction. London 1st Dec.2011.

Ilya Repin. Russian artist. (1844-1930)

Portrait of the violinist Cecilia Hansen. Lot 22.

MacDougall`s Important Russian Art Auction. London 1st December 2011. 30A Charles 11 St. off St James. SW1Y.10.30.a.m.

Ilya Repin`s work often depicted the life of simple people with social criticism. Ilya Repin was living in Finland when he painted this portrait of Cecilia Hansen, which he commenced  in 1922, but it was only in 1927 that he exhibited the result  at the Salon Strindberg.. The harmonies of the multitude of reds, & the use of the whites is quite stunning.

There was a second portrait of Cecelia Hansen,with the violin raised as if to play, which she took with her to Europe. Cecilia Hansen was married to the pianist Boris Zakharov.

This is a rare opportunity to acquire a heritage portrait by a very famous Russian artist of the early 20th century.



MacDougall`s Russian Art Auctions 30A Charles11 St. London.SW1Y

MacDougal`s Russian Art Auctions 1st December 2011.

30A Charles 11 St . St. James. SW1Y

LOT No. 14.

“The Merchant`s Wife” by esteemed early 20th century  Russian painter, Boris Kustodiev. One of Russia`s best known artists.

A figure in the “World of Art” movement, he was famous for his paintings, often in vibrant colours as in this painting, that illustrated the Russia of his memories,that idealised his homeland…… a sort of “heimweh”…….. before the Russian Revolution.

A depiction that appealed to Western collectors, also.

Boris Kustodiev`s works are present in several Russian Museums including Russian Art Museum in Kiev.

Lovely women from the Russian Intelligentsia modelled for Boris Kustodiev, & we can imagine them all drinking tea together, which was a social ritual. This painting from 1923, depicts a  beautiful “merchant`s wife”, in her stylised “Russian” embroidered shawl,  in an idyllic setting by the sea,  overlooking the towers of the Orthodox Church, & is typical of a series of paintings that Boris Kustodiev accomplished over the years. An evolving dream of his memories………….


The Merchants Wife was presented at the celebrated Russian Art Exhibition at the Grand Central Palace in New York, in 1924, organised by Igor Grabar & Sergei Vanogradov. The painting was bought by a Private Collector, & not seen again until it was sold at Sothebys in 1998.

This a rare opportunity to acquire a painting by an important figure of early 20th century Russian Art.

Mclaren stops the Traffic in London`s Knightsbridge

Lewis Hamilton`s racing red 2008 Championship winning Mclaren MP4-23is suspended above the crowds in Mclaren`s streamlined recently opened showroom in London`s Knightbridge.

This autumn Neuberger exhibited Alain Prost`s original Formula One car on Boulevard Gouvion St Cyr, near Porte Maillot central Paris.

David Cameron recently visited the new State of the Art Mclaren factory, based at the Woking Technology site, where it is possible to watch the cars being painted behind a glass screen.We understand that there are plans to produce 4000 Mclaren sports cars a year by the middle of the decade

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Seen on London`s Sloane Street.

Seen on London`s Sloane Street. Guiseppe Zanotti Design. Adele. Shoes . Summer 2012.

Sumptuous catalogue for Prada’s gorgeous jewellery collection.

Sumptuous catalogue for Prada’s  gorgeous jewellery collection.

As Elizabeth Taylor’Legendary Heritage jewels  are auctioned by Christies New  York

13-15 . Dec .11

Prada bijoux presentation coffret in ruby velvet

Prada bijoux presentation coffret in ruby velvet

Swarovski crystals decorate this ‘mini minor’, seen in Harrods menswear dept.

Swarovski crystals decorate this   ‘mini minor’, seen in  Harrods menswear dept.

Prada . Cruise 2012. Sloane St. London

Prada . Cruise 2012. Sloane St. London

Manzoni “Azimut” Show opens at a specially lit Gagosian Gallery, Brooke St., Mayfair, London



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Thursday, 17 November 2011–Friday, 6 January 2012

Opening reception: Wednesday, November 16th, from 6 to 8 pm

Following the acclaimed exhibition “Manzoni: A Retrospective” inNew Yorkin 2009, Gagosian Gallery is pleased to present “Manzoni: Azimut” at theDavies Streetgallery in London. Organized in cooperation with the Fondazione Piero Manzoni, the exhibition celebrates the work of Manzoni and fellow artists during the brief life of the Azimut gallery in Milanfrom 1959 to 1960.

On December 4 1959, Azimut opened, in the basement of a furniture store on a narrow street around the corner from La Scala in Milan, with an exhibition of Manzoni’s most radical work to date: Linee (Lines), drawings of a single line on a length of paper, signed, rolled up and sealed in a cardboard tube, which he then labeled. A youthful, experimental exhibition space that lasted just eight months, Azimut presented thirteen exhibitions and became a nerve center for an international set of provocative young artists. The founding of the gallery by Manzoni and Enrico Castellani, with the help of their mentor Lucio Fontana, followed their collaboration on Azimuth, a journal dedicated to the “development of the newest and youngest avant-garde painting.” Featuring works by Robert Rauschenberg, Heinz Mack, Jean Tinguely, Yves Klein, and others, the two issues of Azimuth stand as essential documents of a radical “new conception” of painting at the end of the 1950s.

The exhibition “Manzoni: Azimut” brings together pivotal examples of Manzoni’s serial Achromes, Linee, Uova Scultura (Egg Sculptures) and Corpi d’Aria (Bodies of Air) with early experimental paintings by his friends and collaborators in the Azimut project Enrico Castellani, Agostino Bonalumi, Dadamaino, and their guide Lucio Fontana. It is accompanied by a comprehensive publication by art historian Francesca Pola that tells the story of the Azimut/Azimuth project and includes facsimiles of the journal with new English translations.

Piero Manzoni was born inSoncino,Italy, in 1933 and died inMilan in 1963. His brief career was one of the most radically inventive of the twentieth century, producing a body of work that continues to challenge the definitions of artistic sovereignty and virtuosity. His work is represented in public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Tate Modern,London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome; and Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin. It has been the subject of numerous international exhibitions, including retrospectives at the Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris (1991), Herning Kunstmuseum (1991), Castello di Rivoli,Turin (1992), Palazzo Reale (1997), Serpentine Gallery,London (1998), and MADRE,Naples (2007). The 2009 Gagosian Gallery exhibition, curated by Germano Celant, was the first comprehensiveU.S. retrospective of Manzoni’s work.

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Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York`s HQ, Kings Road, Chelsea London SW3 4SQ,

opens Gesamtkunstwerk: New Art from Germany 18 November 2011.


GESAMTKUNSTWERK: New Art from Germany Showcasing 24 artists , most of whom have been little seen in the UK.

Their work including sculpture,painting,drawing & installation, ranges from the grotesque & macabre to the lyrical & surreal, reflecting the

diversity of German art now.


Perhaps best known for its Wagnerian associations, the word “Gesamtkunstwerk” can be translated as a total, ideal or universal work of art, or as a synthesis of different art forms into one all-embracing unique genre.

As such, many works in this exhibition reflect on the boundaries of art,in terms of perception of it & its relationship to other disciplines. If their work points to a new kind of Gesamtkunstwerk it is one in which high & low culture, the avantgarde & the historicalthe everyday & everything in between can co-exist.


Running through the exhibition is an inherent reference to another quasi-Gesamtkunstwerk, the baggage of post-war German visual culture & the work of earlier generations of German artists, from the Expressionists to Joseph Beuys,Anselm Kiefer, Martin Kippenberger, Rosemarie Trockel, Gerhard Richter, & Franz West, with whom many of the artists in this exhibition seem to be in conversation.

Courtesy Saatchi Gallery.

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