41 Russian Antique Salon, October 15–23, 2016, Central House of Artists.
For nine days Russian Antique Salon hosted more than 20 thousand people, thus reaffirming its high reputation of a major event both in the domestic market of the old art, and also in the cultural life of Moscow.
By tradition, the participants exhibited the works of different genres and directions of art: paintings by European artists of the Renaissance and the early modern period (Ludovico Carracci, Giuseppe Cesari, Frans Snyders, Nicolas Bodesson, Jacopo del Conte etc.); Russian (V.L. Borovikovsky, D.G. Levitsky, Ivan Aivazovsky, A.P. Bogolyubov, V.M. Vasnetsov, I.I. Nivinsky, V.D. Polenov and others) and Soviet (P.P. Konchalovsky, P.V. Kuznetsov, G.G. Nisskiy, and others.) artists; French Art Deco glass and Soviet porcelain collections; icon-painting works of XVI-XX centuries of different schools; jewelry firms of K.Faberge, I. Khlebnikov, F.Lorie, O. Kurlyukov, N. Nemirov-Kolodkin; antique furniture and interior items of Russian classicism, Neo-Gothic and Russian Art Nouveau; Japanese arts and crafts of the Meiji period, and more.
Business program of 41 Russian Antique Salon included the conference “Russian Art Market. Legal Aspects”.

Working Hours
October 17, from 16.00 till 21.00
October 18-25, from 12.00 till 20.00


Special Exhibition of 41 Russian Antique Salon “Hunting is my Passion” is dedicated to hunting theme in the artistic culture of the late 18 - early 20 centuries.

Special exhibition of 41 Russian Antique Salon is dedicated to hunting - one of the most popular, exciting and thrilling aristocratic entertainment.
Hunting was not just a pastime; it also represented an exciting competition, a game of chance that allowed confident and ambitious people to express themselves in extreme situations. It was a special world with its own rules, traditions, fashion, ethics and aesthetics. Hunting scenes are traditionally among the most popular in the history of world art culture, thus making art with hunting scenes the subject of special collecting. For true fans these works of art are as much of a catch, as a prey for a hunter. For true hunter the process of hunting is more important than the actual trophy; and for a collector of “hunting art” the artistic value of a specific art-item sometimes is less important than the accuracy in the depiction of individual scenes and hunting events. To a large extent this was due to the specifics of the hunting genre – aristocratic customers initiated and conditioned the development of this genre.
At all times, the customers especially valued those works which clearly demonstrated the great skills of a painter or a sculptor in portraying the anatomy and habits of animals, methods of hunting for them, the ability to professionally and accurately depict the details of the different types of hunting. Among these works are the works of the Russian school of art sculpture, and, above all, the works of famous Russian sculptor Nikolai Ivanovich Liberikh (1828 - 1883). Liberikh dedicated to hunting - one of the most famous hobbies of Russian aristocratic society - numerous sculptures, which were extremely popular not only in Russia but also abroad. The sculptor managed to brilliantly convey the excitement of hunting and to embody all participants of hunting into a single unit. And his hunting scenes became widely known and enjoyed special preference in England after the World Exhibition in London in 1862.
In the mid-1860s Liberikh repeatedly attended the imperial hunts of Alexander II, who, as is well-known, was an avid hunter. On March 9, 1865, the Emperor was hunting in Lisino farm, 50 kilometers south of St. Petersburg, and got a spectacular hunting trophy, which had nearly cost him his life. The size of “Lisinski Bear” struck even seasoned hunters; and the bear became the original model for the sculptor. Liberikh not only reproduced the exact appearance of a bear – the linear measures indicate the scale of the image and are inscribed on the nameplate not by chance - but also conveyed the characteristic fleeting condition of the animal, sensing danger. The figure of the bear standing on its hind legs gained the widest popularity.

Along with these well-known works, the exhibition presents for the first time the spectacular scenes of hunting in Turkestan. These scenes were made by the models of an unknown Russian sculptor who worked in the last quarter of the 19th century.
The first episode is hunting for a wild boar, the confrontation between the animal and the hunter is determined by the accurate shot from a pistol. Hunting for a wild boar with a gun was extremely dangerous and required special courage and skill of the hunter. It is no coincidence the composition is called “Russian Meleager” - an allusion to Meleager, the famous Aetolian hero, who won a famous Calydonian hunting for a ferocious boar. It is obvious that the author of the model was thoroughly familiar with the features of this hunting: the gun is aimed at the head of ferocious beast: “The old boars have something like armor on their back and on the sides, almost invulnerable to bullets ... this armor protects the sides of the animal”.
The second composition is the dramatic episode of hunting for tiger, which took place in 1874 in Kara-Uzyak (southern Kazakhstan). After the annexation of Turkestan to Russia in the second half of the 1860s, hunting for tiger became very popular after its initial regress. Hunting for tiger gained wide popularity among the Russian troops from the border units, which formed a special “hunting teams” of Cossacks and officers.
Despite numerous descriptions, hunting for tiger is rarely a subject of artistic representation. The exhibited sculpture reproduces hunting scenes in detail, with the exact designation of the place and time, and with good reason it can be attributed to the unique works. The design of the composition allows to view it from different angles, giving an additional opportunity to observe and empathize with every single moment of the fight. The scene is very emotional, and the viewer can feel these emotions, too. Specific realities, textural peculiarities and facial expressions of the characters are performed in free, but confident modeling manner.
The expressive tapestry, depicting scenes of bear-hunting is surely a rare example of “hunting genre”. Tapestry was made on one of the French manufactories by the cardboard sketches of Russian artist P.P. Sokolov (1821-1899) in the last third of the 19th century. It is a unique example of cooperation between the French weavers and Russian artist.
Among other paintings and drawings at the exhibition there is a rare, full of special stirring beauty, romantic “Landscape with Wood Grouses”, painted by a talented artist, Count Vladimir Leonidovich Muravyov (1861-1940); a piece from the series “Hunting for Elks” by Alexander Sergeyevich Khrenov (1860-1926) - Grand Duke Nicholay Nikolaevich the Younger, a passionate hunter, was a collector of watercolors of this artist.
Among the objects of arts and crafts there exhibited the famous plates from the “Hunting Dinner Set”, a spectacular gift from Catherine II to General Grigory Orlov. The plates were made at the Imperial Porcelain Factory, following the model of the dinner sets made at Meissen Manufactory of 1760s. Later, Russian emperors from Pavel I to Alexander III made orders to add different pieces to that dinner set. Presented plates are marked “AII” and decorated with a variety of hunting scenes in the romantic landscape.
True historic rarities – a decanter and a small drinking glass from the set of the Imperial Palace in Belowezh, the venue of the famous hunting of Russian emperors – are exhibited for the first time.
The exhibits are provided by galleries and private collectors from Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod.
Curator - Lyudmila Aronovna Dementieva, Ph.D., Head of Metal Department of the State Historical Museum, laureate of the State Prize of Russia

Thematic exhibitions


Gallery “Elysium” presented its project “First Names” at 41 Salon, thus announcing the expansion of its specialization to the art of the 19th century. This time its thematic exhibition includes landscapes of I. Shishkin (“Summer path”, the last quarter of the 19thcentury), V. Polenov (“Venice. Canal”, 1897), I. Levitan (‘Forest path”, 1880).

Portrait genre is presented by paintings of Ilya Repin “Cossack” and K. Makovsky “A Girl with a Carnation” (the end of XIX - early XX). Gallery notes that the image of the Cossack, painted by Repin, echoes the image of Ataman Sirko - the central character of the painting “The Cossacks Writing a Letter to the Turkish Sultan”; the model for the ataman was M.I. Dragomirov, the Governor-General of Kiev. оторого Репин писал с генерал-губернатора города Киева М. И. Драгомирова.


Gallery “Eurasia” presents the works of art of Japan and China - one of the most popular areas of Eastern antiques - powerful figures of fearsome samurai, exquisite vases with the finest paintings and other objects of arts and crafts.

The basis of the exposition is the Buddhist figures, radiating serenity and harmonizing the space around them. The presented collection includes figures of various sizes - from miniature to very large. The manufacturing time is also varied - from the XV century to the beginning of the XX century. Gilded and dark, bronze and iron, Buddhist sculptures attract collectors and fans of Far Eastern art for many years for their unique beauty and magical properties.

The Art of Italy. 15 - 17 Centuries

Gallery Altomani (Italy) presents the works of art (paintings and tempera) on biblical themes and scenes from classical mythology.

Renaissance and Baroque are represented by the works of famous Italian artists such as Ludovico Carracci, Giovanni Battista Salvi (Sassoferrato), Giuseppe Cesari called Cavalier d’Arpino, Andrea Vaccaro, Luca Giordano, Guido Cagnacci, Lorenzo Veneziano and other prominent artists.

Masterpieces of Russian Portrait Painting of the Second Half of the 18 - 19 Centuries.

“Peterburgsky Antikvar” Gallery presents the masterpieces of Russian portrait painting of the second half of 18th – early 19th century.

The exhibition includes unique works of Russian and foreign artists who lived and worked in Russia. The works of prominent portrait painters of 18-19 centuries - Dmitry Levitsky, Vladimir Borovikovsky, Georg Christoph Groote - would do honor to many well-known state collections.

Classicism and Neo-Gothic of the 19th Century

The exhibition of Antique Salon of A. Lelyanov embodies the perfect beauty of Russian classicism of the first third of the 19th century and a cozy atmosphere, created by the exquisite works.

Of special attention are the mirror-psyche, made of walnut and manufactured at P. Gambs Company in 1820-30s; paired neo-gothic candlesticks made of gilded and patinated bronze from the Yephron publisher family; and a candlestick, made in a similar technique – Miracle, popular in a provincial town (probably, from the manor house).

"Travels of Russian Artists"

Antique Salon “Russkiy Modern” exhibited the landscapes painted by traveling artists of the late 19 - early 20 centuries. Journeys to the East are illustrated by works of D.Burliuk, R. Sommer, A. Andronov. The charm of Central Region nature is evoked in the pictures of F. Vasiliev, A. Lakhovsky, S .Kolesnikov. European sketches belong to A. Bogolyubov, Konstantin Korovin, A. Benois de Stetto. Crimean views are depicted in “Yalta” painting, by outstanding painter I. Krachkovsky.

An interesting exhibit for visitors is the stereoscope of the early twentieth century, with a selection of slides, taken in 1905-1913s.

Nikolai Sobolev and his Art

Gallery of Graphic Arts and the company “Antik-Invest” present a collection of works by famous Russian artist and educator Nikolay Sobolev (1874-1966).

Nikolay Sobolev was the founder of the national science of arts and crafts, the founder of Handicraft Museum and Museum of Fabrics in Moscow; he actively lectured and was the author of numerous thematic monographs on the history of Russian decorative and applied arts, but nevertheless, all his life he continued to paint, preferring gouache and watercolor.

Monuments of Iconography

“Kardashidi – Art” Gallery presents the works of icon painting of 16 – 20 centuries from different schools and the works of outstanding artists of 19 - 20 centuries: L.Goudiashvili, G.Artemov, A.Benois, A.Lentulov, P.Kuznetsov.

The center of the exhibition is the icon “St. Michael the Archangel” of the 16th century, a rare work of western Ukrainian Orthodox art, that developed in the same key as the Greek art. The icon was painted on the board with a shallow ark, the archangel Michael is depicted in growth, frontal, right hand holding a raised sword, and the left - the sheath. Archangel dressed in a brown suit of armor. The icon is from the Eastern Carpathian region, earlier the icon was in the collection of Boris Anrep, a bright representative of “Russians abroad” in the UK.

The Varied Facets of Russian Art Nouveau

Fabulous, national, romantic, original – these are the definitions of Russian Art Nouveau style. And the exhibition of Art Center “Aleksejevskoe Podvorie” proves these definitions in full.

The unique works of arts and crafts, carpentry, ceramic of late 19 - early 20 centuries are the part of our exhibition. The pearl of our exhibition is a sideboard, made by the design of S.V.Malyutin at the Workshops of Handicraft Museum.

Japan of Meiji Period

“Iskusstvo Vostoka” Gallery presents the objects of arts and crafts of Japan of Meiji period (1868 - 1912). The collection includes bronzes, porcelain, bone, decorative panels, unique vases, made in the cloisonné technique, furniture, and paintings of the era.

Russian Symbolist Artists of the Early 20th Century

“Vellum” Gallery presents the works of Russian artists: Symbolists Borisov-Musatov, Benois, Bakst, Nivinsky – the artists of poetic direction, which is the main field of activity of the gallery.

The graphic works are the core of the exhibition. It will also include paintings “Thoughtful Cupid” by I.I. Nivinsky, “Decorative Motif” by L.S. Bakst and other outstanding works, with a collecting and museum value.

Masterpieces of Russian Art Nouveau

Antique Salon “Na Kutuzovskom, 24” presents outstanding works of Russian decorative and applied arts of the beginning of the 20th century.

Russian jewelry firms have been recognized among the current leaders of Art Nouveau. They widely used fine expressive lines, floral motifs, and developed their own “original Russian style” within Art Nouveau. Art pieces by Russian masters were a great success at international exhibitions, invariably impressing the European public by deep national interpretation of Art Nouveau.

West-European Painting of the 17th Century

Old Masters Gallery presents the art of the old masters of Northern Europe of 17th century: historical and religious painting genres, still life and landscape paintings by leading artists of the Flemish, Dutch and German schools.

Also, there was exhibited “Holy Family”, the picture of Jacopo del Conte, the Florentine artist of the 16th century. The picture was recently discovered under the late paint layers and is a fine example of the art of Italian Mannerism.

French Art Deco Glass

To the 90th anniversary since the beginning of the production of Dege art glass (France) “AA-AmpirAntik” Gallery presents the unique collection of Dege (David Heron) and his contemporaries - Sabino, Ettlingen, Lalique, Schneider, P. d'Avila, E. Cazaux and others. Those masters relied on the achievements of their predecessors, but the unsurpassed quality of their works is still the etalon, and their products from opalescent glass became the object of the search and collecting. The exhibition also includes vase “Runaround”, a masterpiece work of Sabino (1925). It is the most famous work of this master, one copy of it is exhibited in the Museum of Decorative and Applied Arts at the Louvre.