Jones Fine Art Newsletter
Our second December show in Cincinnati at the Phyllis J. Weston-Annie
Bolling Gallery at M. Willis Fine Art & Design was successful for collectors, as well as for the educational programs
presented in the gallery.
The show included over fifty works by thirty artists. There were
four academicians featured in the show: Pyotr Fomin, Anatoli
Zagonek and Efrem Zverkov. Other artists included Alexei Sokolov, Nikolai
Galakhov, Vasili Komolov, Evgeni Khoroshilov and Yuri Dyakov.
Internationally, the Russian painting sales in London continued to
set new records for individual works and for total sales. Sotheby’s
and Christie’s sales totaled over $75M in their November/December
auctions. Not quite the total for their Impressionist sales but showing
To date, the auction houses have concentrated on earlier/historic works.
We concentrate on works from 1950 to today. As the auction houses have
added later works, they have sold with excellent results. We see the
later works becoming a larger share of the sales. As always, great
works with a good provenance will bring the highest result.
A number of art writers continue to see Russian and Chinese art as
important frontiers for future collecting. Both countries are also
about changing or closing their export markets for art and antiques.
Time will tell.
The Chinese influence on the Russian market remains significant. The
Chinese are doing research and planning more shows in China. A number
of artists from St. Petersburg, such as Nikita Fomin, are showing regularly
in China. The artists’ ties come from the relationships developed
over the years as Chinese artists studied at the Repin and Surikov
and have gone on to become dealers and curators.
A number of collectors from Cincinnati have visited the Guggenheim
show and The Museum of Russian Art. Both of these venues have continued
spark interest in learning more about Russian art.
Work is continuing on three new books. We originally hoped to introduce
the Alexei Sokolov book in December but it appears that April/May will
be the introduction date. The book will be printed in Russia with both
English and Russian text. We are keeping Bown’s dictionary and
Tradition Rediscovered in stock. Both may be ordered with a Visa or
Our most recent acquisitions are works by husband and wife, Vasili
Sokolov and Elena Tabakova. Both works pictured are in the 2002 Chinese
on the artists.
Please let us know if we can help find a work, or if you just want
to know more about Russian art.