The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!

Not all of them, of course, but at least a significant sampling of Russian fine art, sculpture and decorative silver art will be in the United States in August.

Aberdeen-Auctions of St. Petersburg, Fla., will serve up a banquet of art with Russian and European flavors on Aug. 2-3 consisting of more than 450 items of paintings, drawings, sculptures, bronze works, silver, jewelry, porcelain, folk art and Russian icons.

Among the featured works will be four watercolors by Russian artist Ivan Yakelovich Bilibin (1876-1942). He was renowned as an illustrator of Slavic folklore and Russian fairy tales as well as stage design. He was a member of Mir iskusstva  (World of Art) and after pursuing his career in Egypt and France, returned to Russia in 1936 and died in the siege of Leningrad in World War II. The four watercolor works are illustrations of Russian folk tales Baba-Yaga; Three Bogatyrs; and tales by Pushkin: The Tale of the Tsar Sultan and The Tale of Golden Cockrel. All four works are signed in Cyrillic and dated 1899 and 1907.

The Russian flavor will be enhanced by Russian icons from the 17th through the 19th centuries, bronze sculptures of Cossacks from the last quarter of the 19th century by Evgenii Evgenievich Lanceray (1875-1946) and a bronze candlestick decorated with Russian symbols by N. Stange, circa 1876. Stange also exhibited other nickel plated bronze items in the Russian style at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876 along with this candlestick.

Works from some of Russia’s famous silversmiths, including I. Khlebnikov, P. Ovchinnikov, A. Lubavin and Gustav Klingert will cross the block along with a Russian gilded silver and enamel photograph frame by A. Kuzmichev, circa 1888, with Cyrillic maker’s mark “AK,” essayer mark “AP” and a Moscow hallmark. Kuzmichev also made some items for the Tiffany Company. There will be a porcelain mantle clock by Alexander Popov, a pair of Russian porcelain vases from the Imperial Manufactory, period of Alexander II and Russian porcelain tea sets from the first years of the Soviet era.

Other European works will consist of Old Masters of the 17th and 218th century and works by Mattie Dube, an American working in Paris (186-1944),  Alfons Karpinski (Polish, 1875-1961), Arthur Lajos Halmi (Hungarian 1866-1939), George Morland (English 1763-1804) and Pal Fried (Hungarian/American 1893-1976).

Preview for the sale will be August 1 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Gallery at 212 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. The sale, beginning at 10 a.m. August 2 and continuing at 10 a.m. August 3, will be carried live online by LiveAuctioneers.com.

For more information, call 727-656-2974, email Aberdeen.auctions@gmail.com or visit www.aberdeen-auctions.com.

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