The sale will include paintings and porcelain by Russian artists from the last 1920s to the early 2000s, encompassing all major art movements that the Soviet Union and Russia have seen.

Estimates in the sale range from £1 500-2 million, with most pieces around the £15 000 mark. A sketch by Alexander Rodchenko for a poster for the Soviet film Battleship Potemlinwhich holds an estimate of £100 000-200 000, is one of the sale's standout pieces. Interestingly, the artist preferred it to the sketch that was selected for the poster version. The piece was exhibited at the Second exhibition of Cinema Posters at the Moscow Chamber theatre in 1926.


Included in the auction will be official academy artists Arkady Plastov, Alexei Gritsai, Dmitri Nalbandian, non-conformists Oscar Rabin, Vladimir Nemukhim and Alexander Kharitonov, as well as the Stenberg brothers and many others.


MacDougall's co-director Dr Catharine MacDougall commented on the importance of this sale:

''This auction has been carefully assembled from several large collections, most of them belonging to Russophile foreigners. Impressed by the power of a vanished empire, they wished to be closer to it - to understand and get a feel for its incredible history. At present, there seems to be less interest in this story. But now is the time to start building new collections, because age of the giants may pass, but it always returns.''

To launch the new season, MacDougall's will be hosting two lectures, one on 10th September at 18.30: Atlantis USSR, a lecture by Dr Catherine MacDougall on the main art movements in Soviet Russia (in English)

and 21st September at 18.30: Collecting as an Essence of Life, a lecture by the renowned Russian lawyer Alexander Dobrovinsky (in Russian)

Search MacDougall's on Barnebys when the catalogue is live.