09-27-2017 09-28-2017
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
3029B Boston
September 27, 2017 12:00 PMCalender

Alexandre Jacovleff (Russian, 1887-1938) Still Life with Mask and Shell

Auction: American & European Works of Art - 3029B Location: Boston Date / Time: September 27, 2017 4:00PM


Alexandre Jacovleff (Russian, 1887-1938)

Still Life with Mask and Shell
Oil on canvas mounted to canvas-backed Masonite, 21 1/8 x 17 in. (53.7 x 43.2 cm), framed.
Condition: Craquelure with paint loss to u.l. corner, surface grime.

Provenance: From the artist's estate to Herbert P. Vose, Boston, by descent to current owners.

N.B. Alexandre Jacovleff (Aleksandr Yakovlev) was a Russian painter, designer, and graphic artist born and educated in St. Petersburg. In 1916 Yakovlev became a professor at the Institute of Art History in St. Petersburg. However, after the October Revolution in 1917, he immigrated to France, later becoming a French citizen. In the 1920s, Yakovlev worked as an artistic adviser to the car company Citroën and made several foreign expeditions, including to Madagascar, Syria, Iran, Mongolia, China, and Japan. He achieved his initial reputation in the West as an accomplished ethnographic draughtsman, based on his depictions of native types, rituals, and scenes. In the early 1930s, Yakovlev spent three years as Chairman of the Department of Painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, returning to Paris in 1937, and residing there and on Capri until the end of this life.

When translated from Russian, the artist's name is spelled a variety of ways including Aleksandr Yakovlev and Alexander Evgenievich Iacovleff.
Estimate $4,000-6,000

Framed dimensions are 24 3/8 x 20 1/4 inches.

A cluster of 4 or 5 small paint losses at the upper left edge, in an area measuring about 3/4 x 1/4 inch. Minor surface imperfections. Fine craquelure in areas of heavier impasto and in the background at upper left. No other condition issues to report.

Description of the Framing: The Masonite panel, which is backed with canvas, is held in place in the frame by a wood strainer which was originally nailed into the frame. Some delamination of the canvas backing from of the Masonite support. Glue residue on the edges of the back of the Masonite support and on the underside of the strainer itself, where the two pieces had originally been glued together.

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Aleksandr Yakovlev, B. Alexandre Jacovleff, Herbert P. Vose, Alexander Evgenievich Iacovleff, Mongolia, Syria, Paris, China, St. Petersburg, France, Iran, Japan, Madagascar