Provenance: Collection of M. Naryshkin, c. 1907. Icons, Russian Pictures and Works of Art, Sotheby’s London, 1 May 1987, lot 72.
Acquired at the above sale by the previous owner.
Collection of Nicholas Lynn, the owner of The Winter Palace gallery and the prominent collector of Russian and Soviet porcelain, London.
Acquired from the above by the father of the present owner.
Thence by descent.
Important collection of an English gentleman, UK.
Authenticity of the work has been confirmed by the expert V. Petrov.
Exhibited: Vesennyaya vystavka kartin, Imperial Academy of Arts, St Petersburg, 1904. Irish International Exhibition, Herbert Park, Dublin, 1907, No. 261.
Literature: Exhibition catalogue, Vesennyaya vystavka. V zalakh Imperatorskoi Akademii khudozhestv, St Petersburg, Tovarishchestvo R. Golike i A. Vilborg, 1904, p. 15, No. 134, listed as Storozhevye oleni. Na Novoi Zemle.
Exhibition catalogue, Irish International Exhibition, Dublin,1907. Fine Art Section, British and Foreign Artists, Dublin, Hely’s Limited, 1907, p. 31, No. 261, listed.
N. Borisov, Khudozhnik vechnykh l’dov, Leningrad, Khudozhnik RSFSR, 1983, p. 157, mentioned in the text; p. 235, listed as Storozhevye oleni under the works from 1904.