MacDougall’s Diversifies

MacDougall’s auction house, which formerly dealt exclusively in Russian Art, has added an Old Masters and 19th century European art department.

Their website explains that,  “While Russian Art continues as a speciality, MacDougall’s will hold an auction of Old Masters and European Art in December 2010 and plans to develop this area as a growing part of the business, in part reflecting Russian interest in the area.”

Their first auction of European art, including work from the 16th through the 19th century, was held this past July.

MacDougall’s Rise

Telegraph News has put out an interesting article about MacDougall’s auction house. Over the last six years they have become a force in the Russian art market, competing directly with the three major fine arts auction houses, Sotheby’s, Christie’s, and Bonham’s. Here’s an excerpt:

“For more than 200 years Bonhams, Christie’s and Sotheby’s have dominated the auction world, and still rule the roost in fine art. Certainly, there are dozens of small auction houses around the globe that make a living by carving out a niche not lucrative enough to interest the big three.

MacDougall’s, however, is among the few that has gone head-to-head in a highly lucrative category with the market leaders. It has not only profited by the burgeoning Russian art market over the past six years, but it has also revolutionised it.”

Link to full article

Kursk Art Exhibit

“My Little Village” – A P Osminkin

Mount Union College in Alliance Ohio is holding an exhibit and auction of Russian landscapes through March 4th. The school has been organizing events with Kursk State University in the city of Kursk in Western Russia since 1997. Since 2000, they have held three exhibitions of paintings by artists at Kursk State University. In 2006, they auctioned the exhibit to raise money for future collaboration between the schools, and they are holding another auction this year. Images of all 35 paintings chosen for the exhibition are online. They are landscapes of the Russian Realist school, and provide a small but satisfying glimpse of how the Russian landscape tradition persists in the 21st century. 

Click here to visit Mount Union’s webpage about the auction.

Fall Russian Sales

Sale dates have been announced for Sotheby’s fall auctions. Because the major auction houses repeat the same sales each year near the same time – it’s possible to gauge changes in the Russian art market by comparing results year to year. Not only how much art is being sold, but also which artists and periods. We’ll follow developments as the sale dates approach.

Update 9/27:

Sotheby’s will hold their Russian Art Evening sale on November 30th, their Russian Paintings Sale on December first, and their Russian Art sale on November second.

Christie’s will hold their Russian Works of Art sale on December first, their Russian Pictures sale on December second and another sale of Russian Works of Art and Pictures together on December third.

Update 10/27

Art Daily has published an article on Sotheby’s upcoming Fall sales.