Russian art, German guns bring strong prices at Aberdeen Auction Gallery

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Aberdeen Auction Galleries had 118 registered bidders with and 45 registered inhouse for its March 14 sale.

The top lot of the sale was a 19 1/2-inch by 24-inch oil on canvas signed by Alexei Petrovich Bogolubov titled Night Seascape. After joining the Russian Navy Bogolubov attended the St. Petersburg Academy of Art and became a noted landscape painter by mid century. This seascape, estimated at $5,000-$8,000, sold for $12,330, including the 17 1/2 percent buyer’s premium, through

Two German lots invoked great interest. One was a late 17th or early 18th century German silver and ivory tankard. The ivory body was deeply carved with a mythological scene. The scroliate silver base bears the town mark (two crossed swords) and the maker’s mark ZI (or IZ) in a rectangle. The 10 1/2-inch-high piece closed at $11,163 including premium.

A pair of Kuchex Ruter German pistols, circa 1716-1758, drew attention and brought a winner of $4,817 on the phone. A document signed by Russian Tsar Pavel I (1754-1801) only six days after ascending the throne, dated Nov. 18, 1796, puts Colonel Fedor Shavrs in charge of building the new Mikhailivsky Palace in St. Petersburg. The one-page document, framed with a photo of the completed palace, sold to an online bidder for $2,068.

For more information about this sale and upcoming Aberdeen Auction Galleries sales visit, e-mail, call 727-656-2974 or write to Aberdeen Auction Galleries, PO Box 38, Lutz, FL 33548.

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