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Aberdeen Auction Galleries of St. Petersburg, FL achieved excellent results in the March 14 online sale of European art.

(St. Petersburg, FL) – Aberdeen Auction Galleries had 118 registered bidders with and another 45 registered inhouse for its online/absentee/phone sale of March 14. Auction owner Alex Turchack had assembled an inventory of 388 lots of European art, antiques and money to offer the bidders.

The top lot of the sale was a 19½ by 24in oil on canvas signed by Alexei Petrovich Bogolubov (Russian, 1824-1896). In the frame the work, entitled “Night Seascape,” measured 24½ by 28½in. After joining the Russian Navy Bogolubov attended the St Petersburg Academy of Art and became a noted landscape painter by mid century. He traveled widely in Europe settling in Paris in 1873. When he died in 1896 he left his entire fortune, around six million US dollars, to the Russian Museum and its painting school in St. Petersburg. The school was then named in his honor. This seascape, estimated at $5/8,000, sold for $12,330 including the 17.5 percent buyer’s premium, to a Massachusetts collector bidding through

“Night Seascape” by Alexei Petrovich Bogolubov (Russian, 1824-1896). $12,330.

Another oil on canvas, a winter scene with skaters by Morel Jan Evert Sr the Elder(Dutch 1766-1808), sold for $2,360. The 6 by 8in canvas was enclosed in an ornate 14 by 16in frame.

Two German lots invoked great interest. One was a late 17th – early 18th c. German silver and ivory tankard. The ivory body was deeply carved with a mythological scene. The scroliate silver base bears the town mark (two crossed swords) and the maker’s mark ZI (or IZ) in a rectangle. The 10½in high piece bore two more marks, a moon and a cat. It garnered over thirty bids before closing at $11,163 including premium. A pair of early German pistols attracted attention. A pair of Kuchex Ruter pistols, 1716-1758, with brass furniture and refitted percussion cap ignitions, brought a winner of $4,817 on the phone. Also of interest was a document signed by Russian Tsar Pavel I (1754-1801) only six days after ascending the throne. Dated November 18, 1796, the document puts Colonel Fedor Shavrs in charge of building the new Mikhailivsky Palace in St. Petersburg. The one page document, framed with a photo of the completed Palace, 19¼ by 12¾in, sold to an online bidder for $2,068.

Twenty lots of international paper monetary notes., mostly European, late 19th century and early 20th century, sold within estimate form $100 to $500 and four Russian gold coins also sold in estimate in the $550 to $1,000 range.

For more information about this sale and upcoming Aberdeen Auction Galleries sales visit the website at, email to [email protected], phone (727) 656-2974 or write to Aberdeen Auction Galleries, PO Box 38, Lutz, FL 33548.

Written by:
Fred Taylor