Nicolai Fechin painting soars to $262,500 at Andrew Jones

Nicolai Fechin painting

Oil on canvas painting by Nicolai Fechin (Russian, 1881-1955) titled ‘Still life with flowers and fruit,’ circa 1925. Sold for $262,500. Andrew Jones Auctions image

LOS ANGELES – Andrew Jones Auctions achieved phenomenal results across multiple categories in its Design for the Home & Garden auction held online, July 26. The auction was 95 percent sold and grossed $1.6 million. The top lot was a spectacular still life oil on canvas painting by Nicolai Fechin (Russian, 1881-1955). It changed hands for $262,500. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

Bidding for the circa 1925 painting, titled Still life with flowers and fruit, opened above the high estimate figure of $100,000 and quickly climbed to its final selling price. Fechin was a master of color and composition. The painting was from the collection of Mary and Lou Silver from Indian Wells, California. Most lots in the 261-lot auction were from the Silvers’ outstanding collection.

The Silvers’ collection included important fine art, sculpture, micromosaics, antiques, art glass, design and a Steinway grand piano. Also offered were items from the estate of Ruth Harvey of Bel Air, California, and fine silver and antiques from a Northern California estate. Various fine art selections and exquisite objects struck a chord with decorators, collectors and millennials.

Nicolai Fechin painting

Fine Italian micro mosaic tabletop executed in Rome in the second half of the 19th century by Cesare Roccheggiani ($45,000). Andrew Jones Auctions image

“We are grateful that, as a small and nimble business with steadfast clients, we have been able to adapt and bring important, researched works to the market in a more virtual manner,” said Andrew Jones, president and CEO of Andrew Jones Auctions. He added, “The interest garnered and the prices reached are very encouraging. Pivoting to online-only auctions has not hurt us.”

Nicolai Fechin painting

Oil on canvas painting by Helen Maria Turner (American, 1858-1958) titled ‘Meditating by the Window’ ($40,000). Andrew Jones Auctions image

The sale realized consistently strong results from start to finish. The collection of Mary and Lou Silver featured an impressive Italian micromosaic tabletop attributed to 19th century mosaicist Cesare Roccheggiani ($45,000); a Marc Lalique glass “Cactus” center table ($42,500) and a vibrant indoor scene by Helen Maria Turner titled Meditating by the Window ($40,000).

Nicolai Fechin painting

Marc Lalique glass ‘Cctus’ center table, with a design introduced in 1951 ($42,500). Andrew Jones Auctions image

Fine silver shone with an impressive pair of trays by the master silversmith Paul Storr engraved with an elaborate coat of arms from the estate of Ruth Harvey, making $30,000 and $27,500, respectively. Also, a Roman marble bust of a barbarian from a private London collector doubled its presale high estimate, selling for a respectable $50,000.

Nicolai Fechin painting

Large Roman carved marble bust of a barbarian raised on an iron stand ($50,000). Andrew Jones Auctions image

A collection of early English silver from a California estate was led by a rare set of four George II tumbler cups by Edward Feline, London, which made $13,750. The same estate saw a set of six George III weighted candlesticks by John Carter bring $13,750. From another owner, an Indian Colonial five-piece tea and coffee service commanded $10,000.

Nicolai Fechin painting

A Regency sterling silver two handled footed trays by Paul Storr, London, 1814 ($30,000). Andrew Jones Auctions image

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