Costume designs by Russian avant-garde artist come to auction in Berkshire

Watercolours by artist Natalia Goncharova (1881-1962) are to be offered at Dawson’s Auctioneers of Maidenhead from the collection of the late Christopher Martin-Zakheim and his shop Iconastas Gallery.

Extracted from Learn Antiques Gazette | Laura Chesters

Three Natalia Goncharova original watercolour costume designs with an estimate of £600-800 at Dawson’s Auctioneers.

Goncharova was a leader of the Russian avant-garde movement, with a major show in Moscow in 1913. She later moved to France where she designed costumes and backdrops for Ballets Russes.

The watercolours by the artist, costume designer, illustrator and set designer are among 24 lots from Iconastas in a Russian section of Dawson’s Art, Antiques & Jewellery sale on January 19.

A highlight is three Goncharova original watercolour costume designs (lot 359) with an estimate of £600-800.

Russian art and objects dealer Martin-Zakheim ran Iconastas in Piccadilly Arcade until last year and consigned the remaining stock when it closed.

He began as a general antiques dealer in his teens but began to specialise in Russian artworks and icons in the late 1960s. The gallery was established by Martin-Zakheim and John Gaze in 1974. Gaze died in 2012.

When the gallery closed last year, Martin-Zakheim’s wife Alexandra said: “Born into a family of Russian immigrants who’d come to Whitechapel as smoked salmon dealers on alien papers in 1895, it should be no surprise that Chris ended up dealing in all things Russian. His particular love of icons was legendary and his customers would sit with him for hours before making their choice.”

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