30 November 2016 Russian Art Auctions

30 Nov 2016

Artist Index / Full Catalogue


Study for the Portrait of Alexander I

105. KUSTODIEV, BORIS (1878-1927)

Study for the Portrait of Alexander I

Pencil, watercolour, gouache and ink on paper, 35 by 19 cm.
8,000–12,000 GBP


The present lot is a study for the portrait of Alexander I, a pair to the portrait of Nicholas II, executed by Boris Kustodiev in 1906 for the Officers’ Assembly of the Life Guards Finland Regiment in St Petersburg, now in the collection of the State Russian Museum.

Provenance: Acquired directly from the family of the artist by the previous owner.
Russian Art, Volume III, Sotheby’s New York, 28 April 2006, lot 531.

Related literature: For the finished portrait, see A. Rostislavov, “B. Kustodiev”, Apollon, No. 12, 1910, pp. 7–14, illustrated and mentioned in the text.
M. Etkind, B.M. Kustodiev, Leningrad–Moscow, Iskusstvo, 1960, p. 192.
Boris Kustodiev, Moscow, Sovetskii khudozhnik, 1982, p. 82, listed.
V. Kruglov, Boris Kustodiev, St Petersburg, Zolotoi vek, 2007, p. 33, illustrated; p. 451, listed.


Notes on symbols:
* Indicates 5% Import Duty Charge applies.
Ω Indicates 20% Import Duty Charge applies.
§ Indicates Artist's Resale Right applies.
† Indicates Standard VAT scheme applies, and the rate of 20% VAT will be charged on both hammer price and premium.