MacDougall Auctions (Russian Art Specialist)

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MacDougall Auctions is an auction house based in London, founded in 2004. It is the only fine art auction house to specialise in Russian art, and has an office in Paris along with representatives in Moscow and Kiev.

The company offers paintings and works of art from the 16th century to the present, plus icons, and has handled a range of important private collections, including the $2m Kosloff estate sale which set a world record price for a Korovin portrait of $750,000.

The firm has a professional team of Russian art experts, unrivalled by any other auction house. These experts' backgrounds include: The Tretyakov Gallery, The Grabar Institute, Christie's and Sotheby's.

The narrow specialisation of each expert means clients get the most comprehensive service and advice available, and for several years the company has consistently been one of the top three auction houses in the world for Russian art.

Recent records

In the twelve months from July 2009 to June 2010, its auctions raised 20m GBP, and it regularly establishes new world records, notably a 1.4m GBP masterpiece by Ilya Repin.

In the December 2009 Russian Week in London, MacDougall's was number one for Russian paintings, the largest seller of the four auction houses with sales that week, and it sold the first and second most expensive paintings of the week.

In 2009, MacDougall's held its inaugural Auction of Icons of the Orthodox World, and in June 2010 held the first specialist Russian Works on Paper auction, raising over 1.5m pounds.

Departments & specialists

The team consists of the following Russian art experts:

  • Dr. Catherine Macdougall
  • Dr. Vladimir Petrov
  • Alexander Kouznetsoff
  • Irina Minervino
  • Nina Sorensen
  • Nikita Lobanov-Rostovsky
  • Mikhail Krunov
  • Robert Bowman

Russian Art

MacDougall Auctions is the only fine art auction house to specialise in Russian Art, regularly setting new world records.

Russian Works on Paper

In June 2010 MacDougall's held the first specialist Russian Works on Paper auction, raising over 1.5m pounds.

Russian Icons and Works of Art

Specialists - Lev Wolfson, Helen Mcildowie-Jenkins, Katya Sapozhnikova

MacDougall's held its inaugural Auction of Icons of the Orthodox World, and in June 2010 it sold over 900,000 pounds worth of icons, the largest icon sale of the year, and confirming its place as the leader in this field.

Auction catalogues

2012

2013

Notable sales

  • A painting by artist Nikolai Fechin entitled “The Little Cowboy” (1940) sold for £6.9 million in December 2010.
  • Ivan Shishkin's early painting ‘View of Valaam Island, Kukko’ sold for £1.87 million in December 2010.
  • Ilya Repin’s “Portrait of Madame Alisa Rivoir” (1914) sold for £1.4 million in June 2009.
  • Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin’s, “Maternity,” (1922), sold for £1.07 million in June 2009.
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