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The World through Pilgrims’ Eyes.
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, Rome. The Temple of Vespasian and Titus and the Temple of Saturn
Daguerreotype. 19x12 cm. c. 1842–1844.
£20,000–30,000. © MacDougall Arts Ltd 2016

The World through Pilgrims’ Eyes.

Rare 19th and 20th Сentury Photography

Max Alpert » Dimitry Baltermants » Gunars Binde » Dmitrij Debabov » Robert Diament » Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey » Mikhail Grachev » Alexander Grinberg » Boris Ignatovich » Yevgeny Khaldei (Chaldej) » Alexander Khlebnikov » Mark Markov-Grinberg » Georgy Petrussov » Alexander Rodchenko » Leonid Shokin » Solomon Telingater » Georgi Zelma »

Auction:

Sat 21 May 14:00

MacDougall's Fine Art Auctions

30A Charles II St.
SW1Y 4AE London

+44 20-7389-8160


www.macdougallauction.com

The World through Pilgrims’ Eyes.
Dmitry Debabov, Traffic Controller in Leningrad, gelatin silver print, photographed and printed in 1935, 15 by 23 cm. Estimate: £1,500-2,000

Auctions in London:
The World through Pilgrims’ Eyes. Rare 19th and 20th Сentury Photography Auction,
featuring six daguerreotypes by Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey
Saturday 21 May 2016, 14:00

Viewing
Weekdays 28 April–20 May 2016, 10:00–18:00 Saturday 21 May 2016, 10:00–14:00


Russian Art, Works of Art, Fabergé and Icons Auction
Classical Russian Photography Auction
Wednesday 8 June 2016, 10:30 and 15:00

Viewing
27 May, 31 May–7 June 2016, 11:00–18:00

Lectures:
Russian Photography A-Z by Dr Catherine MacDougall
Thursday 12 May 2016, 18:00, in Russian.
Thursday 19 May 2016, 17:00, in English.

MacDougall's Open New International Photography Department

MacDougall Auctions, one of the three top Auctioneers of Russian art in the world, has announced the opening of a new department of international photography. On 21 May it will have an inaugural sale, The World through Pilgrims’ Eyes, Rare 19th and 20th Century Photography Auction. All works come from two important European collections of photography; most of them were purchased directly from the artists’ estates.

The sale features an extremely rare set of six daguerreotypes by Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, one of the most important early European masters and a pioneer of travel photography. Ironically, his works were not exhibited during his lifetime; they became widely known a hundred years after his death. In 2003 a daguerreotype of his was auctioned for almost one million dollars, setting a world record price. His are the earliest surviving photographs of Greece, Palestine, Egypt, Syria and Turkey and the
daguerreotypes presented for sale at MacDougall’s were made in the 1842–1844 during his trips to Italy and Cairo (Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, Rome. Vatican. La Pigna. Estimate £20,000–30,000).

The sale will also feature some masterpieces of classic Russian photography such as Milk by Alexander Khlebnikov (estimate £1,500– 2,000), Military Exercise by Boris Ignatovich (estimate £2,000–3,000), an album of female portraits by Alexander Rodchenko, featuring and dedicated to his muse Tatiana Maliutina (estimate £15,000–20,000) as well as a series of female nudes by Alexander Grinberg (estimate £1,000–2,000 each).

The World through Pilgrims’ Eyes.
Maks Alpert, The Dnieper Hydroelectric Station, gelatin silver print, photographed in 1937, printed c. 1960s, 39.5 by 29 cm. Estimate: £1,000–2,000


“Very little is known about Russian photography, hence at the moment that art sector presents excellent investment opportunities”, comments director Catherine MacDougall. “At most people are currently familiar with Russian war photography, with names like Dmitry Baltermans, Evgeny Khaldei and Georgy Zelma, as well as with some avant-garde and constructivist masters such as Alexander Rodchenko and El Lissitzky. This is just the tip of the iceberg though and we have every intention to bring Russian photography to ‘life’”.

Alexander Grinberg (1885–1979) is a typical example of a Russian genius the Western world has heard little of. A classic of the Russian pictorial school, a distinguished master who considered his photography as art, in 1936 he held an exhibition of Female Nudes after which he was accused by the Stalin regime of pornography, arrested and prosecuted. After rehabilitation he exhibited very little and worked as a photographer for the most important Russian monastery St. Sergius Lavra. Four photographs presented now for sale are typical examples of his works from the 1920s–early 1930s.

“One of the most important tasks as we see it now is to introduce collectors and connoisseurs to the array of Russian classic and contemporary photographers”, explained William MacDougall. “That is why we are planning a series of lectures and exhibitions dedicated to the subject. Having specialised in Russian art for over decade now, we would love to share the unique vision of these Russian artists with the world”.

A second photography auction, Classical Russian 19th–21st Century Photography, will take place on 8 June, following MacDougall's Russian art auction. It will feature a diverse collection spanning the history of Russian photography from the 19th century to the present. Among the early photographs, one of the top lots is a collection of images from the 1903 Costume Ball in the Winter Palace, celebrating the 290th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty, as well as the extensive collection of the World War II photographs.

The World through Pilgrims’ Eyes.
Dmitry Baltermants, All Quiet on the Oder River, gelatin silver print, photographed in 1945 and printed c. 1960s, 44 by 59 cm. Estimate: £1,000–1,500.
The World through Pilgrims’ Eyes.
Mikhail Grachev, Moscow by Night, gelatin silver print, photographed and printed c. 1940s–1950s, 37 by 28.5 cm. Estimate: £700–900
The World through Pilgrims’ Eyes.
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, Rome. Vatican. La Pigna, daguerreotype, executed c. 1842, 12 by 18.5 cm. Estimate: £20,000–30,000
The World through Pilgrims’ Eyes.
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey
Rome. The Temple of Vespasian and Titus and the Temple of Saturn
daguerreotype, executed c. 1842, 18 by 12 cm.
Estimate: £20,000–30,000
The World through Pilgrims’ Eyes.
Alexander Khlebnikov, Bread, gelatin silver print, photographed and printed c. 1930s, 17.5 by 24 cm. Estimate: £1,500–2,000

The World through Pilgrims’ Eyes.
Boris Ignatovich, Military Exercise, gelatin silver print, photographed and printed c. 1930s, 52.5 by 37.5 cm. Estimate: £2,000–3,000
The World through Pilgrims’ Eyes.
Alexander Grinberg, Reclining Nude, gelatin silver print, photographed and printed c. 1920s–1930s, 10.5 by 16.5 cm. Estimate: £1,000–2,000
The World through Pilgrims’ Eyes.
Maks Alpert, Kyrgyz Girl Leading in a Horse Racing Competition, gelatin silver print, photographed and printed c. 1936, 25.5 by 20.5 cm. Estimate: £1,000–2,000