MacDougall's Russian Art Auctions 25-27 November 2019

25 Nov 2019

Artist Index / Full Catalogue


Woman with Candle

*§ 1. TSELKOV, OLEG (B. 1934)

Woman with Candle, signed, also further signed, titled and dated 1988 on the stretcher.

Oil on canvas, 146 by 114.5 cm.
40,000–60,000 GBP


Provenance: Eduard Nakhamkin Fine Arts, New York.
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1989.
Schoeni Collection, Hong Kong.

Authenticity of the work has been confirmed by the artist.

The exciting collection (lots 1–11, 14, 79–81 and 121–124), offered for sale, brings together a remarkable assembly of works by some of the masters of Russian Contemporary art. The group boasts a distinguished provenance, coming from the collection of the Schoeni family in Hong Kong. The father of the current owner, Manfred Schoeni, was one of the pioneers of the Chinese Contemporary art market, opening a gallery in Hong Kong in 1992 which encouraged recognition of this previously neglected – though now hugely successful – field.

This group of Russian works features the same innovative spirit. An impressive canvas by Oleg Tselkov (Woman with Candle) and Natalia Nesterova (The City) keeps company with the playful wit of Vladimir Yankilevsky’s Composition with a Black Circle and Viacheslav Kalinin’s provocative trio Woman with Accordion, Date with a Prostitute and Rock ‘n’ Roll. In addition, three powerful works by Oscar Rabin and a selection of ground-breaking works by younger artists, including Alexei Sundukov and Alexander Zakharov, round off this notable collection.


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.