November 24, 2005

Tea-Time by Vladimir Egorovitch Makovski

Tea-TimeThis very nice picture, entitled Tea Time and painted in 1883 by Vladimir Egorovitch Makovski, will be up for auction tomorrow at Drouot in Paris. This painting, in the midst of the hype surrounding Russian Art (due to the great exhibition currently on display at the Musée d'Orsay), even though it has a restored gash in the middle, is expected to fetch quite a price as it's estimate is 20 000 to 25 000 €.

Let's take a closer look at this quite poetic picture. The gentleman depicted is inspecting his preparations for tea-time and he is obviously expecting a lady. He has set the table with his fine china and in the middle of it, in typical Russian fashion, proudly stands his samovar. The teapot is ready and kept warm on top of it. In front of the samovar, a little bouquet and gift are arrayed in a precise fashion ready to welcome the lady for whom this gentleman has gone through all this trouble. It's a warm, intimate, domestic scene typical of Russian painting of the late nineteenth century. It also shows the timeless value of sharing a cup of tea...