Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 15.36.21 Konstantin Somov, Masquerade, 1925
Estimate: £500 000-700 000

Masquerade by Konstantin Somov is an exquisite example of commedia dell'arte, a form of theatre which began in Italy in the 16th century and is characterised by masked actors. This piece was created for the cover of Vanity Fair and features Hollywood and Broadway stars of the 1920s such as Fred and Adele Aster, husband-and-wife team of Broadway royalty Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, actor John Barrymore in his Hamlet costume and dancer Ruth St. Denis. The work brilliantly showcases Somov's skills as a master painter.

Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 15.36.34 Boris Anisfeld, The Golden Tribute, c. 1908
Estimate: £350 000-500 000

A piece by Boris Anisfeld which is both monumental in size and talent, as it measures almost three metres large is The Golden Tribute. The piece  is a personification of the epoch of Symbolism. The dancer Ida Rubenstein modelled as the subject of the painting. She posed as the naked tsarina surrounded by a crowd of gift-bearing monks. Reclining on her bed, she embodies decadence and freedom, she is the ultimate goddess and femme fatale.

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