In just a few decades, after the visit of the Peter the Great and the Grand Embassy in Europe, Russian art became front row in Western culture. The visit to Versailles of the Russian sovereign in 1717 also inaugurated three centuries of highly productive exchanges and reciprocal fascination between Russia and France, along with somewhat tumultuous relations, such as the Napoleonian wars, or close reconciliations, such as during the eras of Alexandre III, or at the beginning of the 2Oth century with the ballets of Diaghilev.
World-renown for its auction sales of historical souvenirs, particularly linked to the Napoleonian period, the Osenat House has opened a department dedicated to Russian Art. Three sales will be organized each year. They will highlight all the periods of Russian art (old Russia, the Royal family, the Revolution, White Russia …) in a wide array of forms (silversmith piece, major works of art, rare books, autographs by leading writers...)
The department is assisted by Russian art expert Ekaterina Nikolaeva-Tendil. For several years, she has been counselling auction houses in Paris and Monte-Carlo in terms of expertise and estimates of Russian art works (various objects, paintings, silverware, silversmith pieces, old letters and manuscripts, rare books). Since 2011, she has assisted Museums in Russia regarding their research of works to be acquired. Among her clients, she counts the Museum of Peterhof, the Chinese Palace of Catherine II in Oranienbaum, the Palace of Catherine II in Tsarskoe-Selo.