blog.php-1377 IVAN KONSTANTINOVICH AIVAZOVSKY (1817 Feodosia 1900) - Stormy sea in evening red, oil / canvas, 68 x 99 cm, signed and dated, 1896

Russian-Armenian Marinemalian Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky had a wicked way with color. His representation of light and the elements were exquisite, in this example here, Aivazovsky capture the turbulence of the sea. This piece was recently discovered in a private collection, it depicts a Viking boat in battling against the stormy sea as it travels from the Baltic Sea over the rivers of West Russia to Constantinople and Arabia from the 8th to 12th centuries. In the 9th century it is believed that the Vikings founded the Kiev Rus, the forerunner of the Russian Empire.

blog.php-1379 IVAN FEDOROVICH CHOULTSE (St. Petersburg 1874 - 1939 Nizza) - Scène d'hiver dans les Alpes, Öl/Lwd., 54 x 65 cm, signed and dated, 1923

Three works by Ivan Fedorovich Choultsé, another Russian master of light, will be coming up for auction. Choultsé's, ancestors - the Schultze, emigrated from Germany to Russia in the 18th century. The artist was educated at the Petersburger Kunstakademie. Prior to the February Revolution, Choultsé had enjoyed some success. He had been commissioned by members of the Tsar family, including Tsar Nikolai II himself, as well as Carl Fabergé.

blog.php-1380 IVAN FEDOROVICH CHOULTSE (St. Petersburg 1874 - 1939 Nice) - Soir doré (Pays Basque), oil / canvas, 54.5 x 65.5 cm, signed

After the revolution, Choultsé first embarked on an extensive journey that took him to Switzerland, France and Italy, where he created many of his works. After returning to his home country in 1921, he decided to emigrate permanently to France and in 1927 he became a French citizen. Choultsé was able to build on earlier successesful works, which often portrayed winter landscapes.

blog.php-1381 IVAN FEDOROVICH CHOULTSE (Saint Petersburg 1874 - 1939 Nice) - Lever de Lune (Méditerranée), oil / canvas, 65 x 92 cm, titled and signed

As well as Europe, Choultsé was well known on this side of the Pond. The American market were enchanted by the artists mastery of light and reflections. Choulté's success in America was so great that more of his works can be found in museums in the U.S than in his homeland.

blog.php-1382 JOHANN KLINCKERFUSS (1770-1831) - Royal bureau, mahogany with applied pencil drawings, 162 x 80 x 140 cm, Stuttgart circa 1800

This mahogany Württembergist Johann Klinckerfuss bureau featured in the sale was part of the decoration of the New Palace in Stuttgart between 1812 and 1864-66.

blog.php-1383 JEAN FRANÇOIS DUBUT (✝ 1778) - Violet wood desk with lacquer fauxaux in the "goût chinois", 165,5 x 51 x 76 cm, signed, Paris around 1755/60

This piece by Jean François Dubut was most likely a special commission by a Marchand-Mercier.  In the 19th century this piece was part of the Hillingdon Collection, one of the most important private collections for French Louis XV and Louis XVI furniture which was compiled by Sir C. Mills (1792-1872).

blog.php-1384 MATHIEU GUILLAUME CRAMER (Master 1771) attr. - Bonheur du Jour, rosewood, rosewood, maple, sycamore and ebony, 67 x 42.5 x 101 cm, Paris circa 1775

This elaborate piece of fine carved and inlaid precious woods is a real feast for the eyes. The Bonheurs du Jour, used as ornamental ladies' desks, were an invention of the Parisian Marchand-Merciers in the 18th century, going on to become one of the most popular pieces of furniture. In 1788 Anton Hickel (1745-1798) portrayed Madame de Lamballe (1749-1792), a friend of Marie Antoinette, sitting at a Bonheur du Jour.

blog.php-1385 ANTON HICKEL - Portrait of Princess de Lamballe, 1788

blog.php-1386 BALTHASAR VAN DER AST (Middelburg c. 1593 - 1657 Delft) - Large still life with fruit on a Delft ceramic plate, mussels, insects, flowers in a Wanli vase and two parrots, oil / wood, 70 x 107 cm, signed, circa 1620

Dutch Still Life painting of the 17th century is arguably one of the most important artistic feats in the Netherlands' art canon. The 17th century was a time of great wealth in the Netherlands. The East India Company brought exotic products from Asia into the small country on the North Sea meant it was the center of Europe's trade. Many Still Life works from this century featured these unusual Asian items.

Luxurious banquets, exotic animals all sit along side Dutch tulips - representing Holland's impressive trade links.

blog.php-1387 DAVID RIJCKAERT D. J. (1589 Antwerp 1642) - Still life with capon, oysters, bread, pastries, various glasses and a chalice, oil / wood, 65 x 105 cm

blog.php-1388 FELIX MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY (1809-1847) - Personal music manuscript: St. Matthew Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach, 6 1/2 pages, spring 1830

This piece of piano sheet music is the only example of Bach's St. Matthew Passion signed by Mendelssohn's. The manuscript, which contains three pieces from the Passion, was made by the composer and conductor in 1830 for the sister of his librettist Julius Schubring.  In the course of his career, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartoldy also performed the works of other composers, especially Handel and Bach, which led to a re-discovery of Bach's music in Germany.

blog.php-1389 VAN CLEEF & ARPELS - Necklace / Bracelet from the series "Zip", yellow gold with rubies, sapphires, emeralds and diamonds, circa 1950

This antique piece by Van Cleef & Arpels can be worn both as a necklace and as a bracelet. The piece is from the 'Zip' collection, which came on the market in 1950.

Necklace - white and yellow gold with tanzanite (61.40 ct) and brilliant cut diamonds Necklace - white and yellow gold with tanzanite (61.40 ct) and brilliant cut diamonds

All pieces featured will be in Koller's sale on from March 28 to April 1. Check out the full catalogs here.