Russian-Armenian Marinemalian Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky had a wicked way with colour. 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.

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.

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.

As well as Europe, Choultsé was well known on the other side of the Pond. The U.S. market was 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 across America than in his homeland.

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.

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.)

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.

ANTON HICKEL - Portrait of Princess de Lamballe, 1788 ANTON HICKEL - Portrait of Princess de Lamballe, 1788

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.

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.

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.

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