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A night in Cairo

Painting, 1870, 110×134 cm

Description of the artwork «A night in Cairo»

In 2015, the Russian auction Sotheby's was declared one of a handful of paintings not on the ship? "A night in Cairo". Estimate established within the framework of 1.5-2 million pounds, the auction was scheduled for June 2. However, the National Central Bureau of Interpol in Russia has sent Britain a request with a demand to remove the picture from the auction because in 1997 it was stolen from a private collection in Moscow. The fate of the painting before the abduction is known: the canvas was in the collection of the Moscow collector of grandparents. In the 1940s he sold her to Ivan Nosenko, who held the post of people's Commissar of the shipbuilding industry. After the death of Nosenko, the picture became the property of his widow. In 1997, the 80-year-old Tamara G. was expecting a granddaughter of food. Instead, it had to meet the robbers. From the apartment made the work of Aivazovsky, Savrasov, Shishkin. "A night in Cairo" is the most expensive piece of the collection.

For the first time the painting surfaced in 2013, all at the same Sotheby's. The son of Tamara Georgievna, the diplomat Vladimir Nosenko identified one of the lots of the auction and stated this. The painting was removed from the auction until further clarification of circumstances. Next year the auction house received a response to a request from the Moscow police Department, which reported: "the materials of the criminal case does not include a description, photos, and any other official documents that could give the opportunity to compare the painting, stolen in 1997 from the victim Nosenko T. T., with painting presented at auction Sotheby's in 2013". That is, to prove that "the frontline", is not possible. Thus, from a legal point of view, the situation for the former owners was almost hopeless.

Around the paintings were fierce. Representatives of Sotheby's said the painting is not listed neither in the list of stolen art objects, compiled by the Ministry of culture of Russia, international Art Loss Register. However, the auctioneers contacted the "allegedly the former owner of the painting" and agreed to pay a certain percentage of the value of the lot. It seems that Sotheby's also was not sure of the purity of the picture and understand that the way to solve the problem of optimal for everyone. However, the Russian and perhaps British law enforcement different look at this. The interior Ministry and the Interpol has demanded to remove the picture from the auction. On the morning of 2 June 2015 for a few minutes before the start of trading, the picture has been removed. Her condition at this time (June 2016) all the same – "clarifying the circumstances".

Author: Alain Grosheva
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About the artwork

Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Urban landscape

Style of art: Romanticism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1870

Size: 110×134 cm

Artwork in selections: 24 selections

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