Wed, 1st Dec 2021 14:00

ICONASTAS: Fine Russian Art & Antiques from the Renowned London Gallery

  Lot 53


A Soviet porcelain figure of pilot Valery Chkalov (1904-1938)

A Soviet porcelain figure of pilot Valery Chkalov (1904-1938),
c.1939, Lomonosov State Porcelain Manufactory, Leningrad, Russia, painted to the base with a hammer and sickle and dated 1938, numbered and signed 'Kh. Smirnov. A.K.',
23.5cm high

Provenance: Iconastas, Piccadilly Arcade, St James's, London, W1.

Literature: T N Nosovich and I P Popova, 'State Porcelain Manufactory 1904-1944', St Petersburg/Moscow 2005, p.612.

Valery Pavlovich Chkalov (1904-1938) joined the Red Army Air Force at the age of 16, graduating from Yegoryevsk Training School in 1924, at which point he joined a fighter squadron. During the 1930s, he became a test pilot, achieving several feats of flying, such as performing two hundred and fifty loop-the-loops in forty-five minutes. In 1935, he became the head of the stunt squadron of the Russian Air Force, which performed in public displays. In the latter years of the 1930s, Chkalov undertook several daring missions, including a sixty-three-hour flight from Moscow to Vancouver, Washington via the North Pole, for which he was awarded the title 'Hero of the Soviet Union'. Chkalov died on 15 December 1938 while piloting a prototype of the Polikarpov I-180 fighter, which crashed during its maiden test flight. Before he died, he was planning the first non-stop flight around the globe.

Росссийская советская фарфоровая статуэтка лётчика Валерия Чкалова (1904-1938)
Около 1939г., Ломоносовская государственная фарфоровая мануфактура, Ленинград, крашенная внизу символом серпа и молота и датированная 1938, с нумерацией и подписью «Х. Смирнов. А.К.»
Высота: 23.5см

Происхождение: Иконастас, Аркада Пикадилли, Сент-Джеймс, Лондон, W1

Литература: Т.Н. Носович и И.П. Попова, State Porcelain Manufactory 1904-1944, Санкт-Петербург/Москва, 2005г., стр.612

Валерий Павлович Чкалов (1904-1938) присоединился к Рабоче-крестьянскому Красному воздушному флоту в возрасте 16 лет, и окончил Егорьевский авиационный технический колледж в 1924ом году, когда он присоединился к эскадрилье. В годах 1930х он стал лётчиком-испытателем, совершая много авиационных подвигов, например двести пятьдесят мёртвых петель за сорок пять минут. В 1935ом году, он стал главой пилотажной группы Военно-воздушных сил, которая исполняли публичные демонстрации. К концу тридцатых годов, Чкалов брал на себя много смелых заданий, в том числе шестьдесяти трёх-часовой полёт из Москвы в Ванкувер (Вашингтон) через Северный полюс, за что его наградили титулом «Герой Советского союза». Чкалов умер 15 декабря 1938го года, когда он управлял прототипом истребителя «Поликарпов И-180», который разбился во время первого испытательного полёта. До того как он умер, он планировал первый беспосадочный полёт вокруг земного шара.

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Condition report

Likely purchased from Bonhams, Russian Sale, 1st June 2006, lot 371.

General light surface wear and scratches.



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Auction: ICONASTAS: Fine Russian Art & Antiques from the Renowned London Gallery, Wed, 1st Dec 2021

We are delighted to be able to welcome you to our latest sale, held as part of Russian Art Week: Autumn 2021.

The Piccadilly Arcade gallery was established by Chris Martin-Zakheim and John Gaze in 1974, specialising in Russian icons, works of art, and antiquities, until it closed its doors in 2018, having cemented a reputation as one of the industry’s leading specialists.

This sale, which is the first of several auctions of Iconastas stock, includes icons dating from the 14th to 20th centuries, soviet porcelain, works of art and propaganda, and also features icons from the personal collection of the late Chris Martin-Zakheim, whose premature passing after a brain-tumour diagnosis prompted the gallery’s closure.

Particular highlights of this sale are two icons formerly in the collection of George Hann (1890-1979), a pioneer of American aviation who assembled one of the world’s finest private collections, previously sold in a landmark auction at Christie’s after his death. He acquired many pieces directly from the Russian State in the 1930s, when the Soviet government sold a great number of artworks from the nation’s important collections. The two icons bear labels and inventory numbers for the State Tretyakov Gallery.

We are grateful to Nathalie Farman-Farma of the design studio Décors Barbares, who has kindly provided a selection of Russian, Central Asian and Eastern-inspired textiles, which have been used throughout the catalogue to highlight and accentuate the colours and motifs of the artworks, proving also that works of such distinguished heritage can be blended seamlessly into a modern decorative setting.

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