“According to Dostoyevsky’s motto, “Beauty will save the world”. Far from expressing a simple aesthetic pleasure, Russian art reveals a spirit, an inspiration where Byzantium and the forms of the North converge. Through these styles, happiness and melancholy are expressed, and in the abyss of sorrow, the vision of a paradise both near and far can be discovered. ”
— Ivan Birr
Russian Art is a niche market. Aguttes was the first auction house in France on the market of 20th century Russian painters for several years, starting in 2006. It has obtained a large number of world records, including, for instance, in 2008 Scène de cabaret by Lado Gudiasvili sold at 868,000 euros, in 2009 Portrait of Daria Kamenka by Vasili Shukhaev at 800,000 euros and in 2012 Vue de Tiflis by Véra Rockline at 363,000 euros. In 2019, it has welcomed Ivan Birr as head of its new Russian Art department, and will hold two annual sales (Spring and Autumn).
Brexit has promoted the involvement of sellers & buyers collectors on French territory. The newly opened department is already a leader in Europe. Our Russian-born specialist knows the market inside out and was able to distinguish himself by selling at the end of 2019, Les perdrix au volet vert, by Soutine sold for 207,760 euros, Le bal du 14 juillet, by Zadkine sold for 39,000 euros and a set of theatre drawings from the collection of Yuri Yurovsky for nearly 32,000 euros. The department is in first place for Armenian paintings with Le Portrait de Toumanian by Sarian, which sold for 42,900 euros.
Our buyers are looking for high quality works of art such as beautiful goldsmithery or works signed with the following artists: Serebriakova, Iakovleff, Korovine, Benois, Bakst, École de Paris, as well as historical souvenirs and emigration archives.