March 2015
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Erik I. Rebane (1922-1999), "The Open Window"
17ž'' x 23˝'', 1968, Oil on Canvas
Estimated $3,500- $4,500, Current Bid, $1,500, P. McGowen

March Silent Auction 


For our March silent auction, we are pleased to present a simple, yet wonderful still life, "The Open Window" by a graduate, and later a professor at the famed Repin Institute in St. Petersburg, Erik I. Rebane (1922-1999). Estimated value at $3,500 to $4,500, the current high bid is just $1,500

Rebane's works were widely exhibited throughout his career in Leningrad, Moscow, and numerous Russian regions. His paintings are in the permanent collections of the Fleischer Museum Phoenix AZ, Springville Museum of Art Springville UT, The Museum of Russian Art Minneapolis, MN and museums in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Poltava, Khabarovosk, Kiev, Tbilisi Georgia and Osaka, Japan.



Cheney, Olya "Cloudy Day, Park City"
18'' x 23'', 2015, Acrylic on Canvas $1,150

Discover Dozens of New Works! 

The Gallery is filled with dozens of fantastic new works by some of the Gallery's favorite and best-selling artists like Olya Cheney, Marty Ricks and Kamille Corry. These new works include many scenes of well know Utah landscapes. One of our favorites is this colorful work by Olya Cheney of Park City's Main Street. Other exceptional paintings are Marty Ricks' dreamy "Western Sunset" and Kamille Corry's beautiful still life "Late Peonies", See both below.


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First Faberge Imperial Egg in Nearly 100 Years Unveiled  


Fabergé's extraordinary $2 million "Pearl Egg," the first "imperial class" egg released by the design house in nearly 100 years was unveiled last month in Qatar.


Set in white and yellow gold and gleaming with a mother-of-pearl exterior, the egg is adorned with 139 natural white pearls, 3,305 diamonds and carved rock crystal. Mimicking the way an oyster opens to reveal a cultured pearl, the Fabergé egg opens to reveal a unique, 12.17-carat grey natural pearl sourced from the Arabian Gulf.


A special feature of the egg is that its entire outer shell rotates on its base, which simultaneously opens six sections to unveil the tiny treasures inside.


The House of Fabergé collaborated with the Al-Fardan family of world-renowned pearl collectors to design the unique "imperial class" egg - just in time for the forthcoming centenary marking the last Fabergé Imperial Eggs ever delivered. The natural pearls adorning the egg were hand selected by Hussain Ibrahim Al-Fardan from his personal collection.

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The reconstructed Amber Room, Catherine Palace, Tsarskoye Selo, St. Petersburg.
One of our visits on the May Russian Art tour!
The Mystery of the Lost Amber Room

Dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Amber Room was an ornate chamber fashioned of gold and amber at an enormous expense of time and money. Created to be unparalleled in majesty and beauty,it was a gift to Czar Peter the Great by Prussia's Friedrich Wilhelm I in 1716. German troops stole the treasure chamber from a palace near St Petersburg in 1941 and took it to Koenigsberg, now the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. 


And then - without any explanation, leads or clues - it astonishingly disappeared.  The Amber Room of Germany was one of mankind's great treasures and upon its baffling disappearance also one of our great mysteries.


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Catherine Palace, Tsarskoe Selo, St. Petersburg
May 11th to 23rd

With Dr. Vern Swanson


It has been a couple of years since our last tour and we have organized a small private group of Russian art enthusiasts for a behind the scenes view of Russia and its breath-taking art. We will visit the imperial Capital of St Petersburg, the power Capital of Moscow and travel to the village Prislonikha, the birth place of Arkady Alexandrovich Plastov. While there, we will be hosted by Plastov's grandson, Nikolai Plastov. Here Dr. Swanson will present a lecture on the life of this great Russian master.


This promises to be an amazing tour in which to not only encounter first-hand the splendor, beauty, art, and history that is Russia but also a rare opportunity to meet people, visit artists' studios, and go places few tourists are invited or even allowed!

The tour is booked but there are a few spots left! If you would like more information, a complete itinerary, and cost, CLCK HERE or e-mail 

Eremenko, Pavel Y. Eremenko, "Fields"
15ž'' x 19ž'', Oil on Board, $400
Gallery Stroll, Friday March 27th


In addition to the recent total re-hang of the Gallery, we have also added many new works by Olya Cheney, Marty Ricks and Kamille Corry, as well as several very affordable gems to the treasure chest. If you haven't visited the Gallery in a while, this month's Gallery Stroll is the perfect time to do so and to enjoy a night out in Park City!
The Gallery Stroll takes place the last Friday of every month and is sponsored by the Park City Gallery Association. The stroll takes place from 6 to 9 p.m.
Enjoy the newsletter!


Stephen Justesen, Gallery Director   

February Silent Auction!auction

Congratulations to S. Barr for placing the winning bid of $2,000 for February's auction painting, "Znamenskey Cathedral", by one of the Gallery's favorite artists Margarita Kolobova, estimated at $3,500- 4,500.


For our March silent auction we are pleased to present a simple, yet wonderful still life, "The Open Window", by a graduate and later a professor at the famed Repin Institute in St. Petersburg, Erik I. Rebane. Estimated value at $3,500 to $4,500, The current high bid is just $1,500. Don't miss this is outstanding opportunity to add a great work by a highly acclaimed artist to your collection. The next bid is $1,750 followed by minimum bidding increments of $250.
Erik Ioganessovich Rebane was one of the first artists I met when I arrived to Leningrad in 1990. Out of the many hundreds of artists that I have met in my travels over the years, he remains one of the most extraordinary and memorable. He was warm, friendly with an infectious happiness. We walked into a studio full of his work. A lifetime of paintings stacked and packed. It was almost impossible to see where to walk. As I flipped through the paintings, I suddenly realized that most of this extraordinary painter's works had never been seen.  These artworks that filled my gaze with astonishment, were unknown, and had never been exhibited! I became emotional. His skill and his vision as an artists and as a man is boundless. He spoke to my soul. Even in this simple still life, one can witness the singular vision of  Erick Ioganessovich Rebane. 
We invite you to participate in this month's auction and thank everyone who placed bids last month. Please note that you may place a maximum bid and the Gallery will bid on your behalf up to your maximum. By placing a maximum bid you will be assured you are not out bid at the last minute. Bids will be taken via telephone, fax, or e-mail until 7:00 pm, Tuesday March 31st. Follow all the bidding updates on the Gallery's web site.
Erik I. Rebane, "The Open Window"
17ž'' x 23˝'', (45 x 60 cm) 1968, Oil on Canvas
Estimated $3,500- $4,500, Current Bid, $1,500, P. McGowen



 Self Portrait, painted during the Siege of Leningrad, 1941

Erik Ioganessovich Rebane, (1922-1999)

Saint Petersburg


Erik I Rebane was born near Petrograd (St. Petersburg) March 13, 1922 to Estonian Parents. He studied at the Secondary Art School in 1930's.


In his youth, Erik firmly resolved to become a painter. According to recollections of his sister Albine, Erik could perfectly draw from his early childhood. She always asked her brother to help when she herself did not succeed in drawing.  Mostly he was asked to draw a knight riding on his horse or a monster.  Erik was a master in this regard. The images he drew were so unlike anything else. In his school years, Erich visited several artist studios and museums, such as the Russian Museum, the Hermitage, the Museum of the Academy of Arts, etc. He was fondest of the Russian Museum. Most of all, he liked the paintings of the Russian artists, such as Repin and Surikov. 


He attended secondary art school until 1940 and was accepted to the prestigious Academy of Fine Arts in Leningrad (Repin Institute). His full-time studies were interrupted by World War II when he was drafted into the Russian army, serving from 1941 to 1945. He survived the Nazi Siege of Leningrad during which he produced several notable academic drawings of art professors.


In 1946, he entered the Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in Leningrad, the renowned and word famous artistic institution founded by Catherine the Great in the middle of the 18th century as the Imperial Academy of Arts.  Erik Rebane appreciated his years of study at the Institute. He was a student in the studio headed by Viktor Mikhailovich Oreshnikov. He graduated from the Academy in 1951. Erik Rebane wanted to find his own way artistic path. He appreciated highly the traditions of the Russian realistic school of painting and he did not hesitate in choosing his own artistic voice.  He wanted to reach the professional and creative heights, which he had observed as a young man in the paintings of the artists in the Russian Museum.


Upaon graduating, Rebane was immediately offered a faculty position teaching painting at the Estonian Art Institute in Tallinn, Estonia where he stayed until 1954 when he left for a very prestigious position in the post graduate department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Leningrad. He began participating in exhibitions as early as 1948 in Moscow, but he did not join the Leningrad Artists' Union until 1959.
Rebane participated in his first Moscow exhibition in 1948 and in his first international exhibition in Tokyo in 1974. From 1956 Rebane participated in City, Republican, All-Union and International Art Exhibitions. Rebane's works were widely exhibited throughout his career in Leningrad, Moscow, and numerous Russian regions. His paintings are in the permanent collections of the Fleischer Museum Phoenix AZ, Springville Museum of Art Springville UT, The Museum of Russian Art Minneapolis, MN and museums in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Poltava, Khabarovosk, Kiev, Tbilisi and Osaka, Japan.


Rebane followed the traditions of the Russian realistic school of painting. He painted large genre compositions, portraits, landscapes and still lifes. He almost always worked simultaneously on several paintings at the same time. His closet family members were his wife (a doctor) and his sister, who lived all her life not far from his studio. The paintings that he liked the most, he would often time present to his wife and sister. The artist never tired of painting he was always working, working, working. The artist died in Saint Petersburg in 1999.

Rebane is listed in and has a painting featured in Matthew Brown's A Dictionary of Twentieth Century Russian and Soviet Painters and is featured in both Matthew Brown's Socialist Realism and the Fleischer Museum's Hidden Treasures: Russian and Soviet Painters, 1930's-1980's.


Dozens of New Worksnew

Olya Cheney

Cheney, Olya "Bird Refuge, Utah" 16'' x 20'', (40.64 x 50.80 cm) 2015, Oil on Canvas, $950

Cheney, Olya "Cloudy Day, Park City" 18'' x 23'', (45.72 x 58.42 cm) 2015, Acrylic on Canvas $1,150.

Olya Cheney, "Horse" 8'' x 10'', (20.32 x 25.40 cm) 2015, Oil on Canvas, $525

Cheney, Olya "Fall Time, Swaner Barn" 18'' x 24'', (45.72 x 60.96 cm) 2015, Oil on Canvas, $1,200

Cheney, Olya "The Hike Up" (Triptych) 0'' x 0'', (0 x 0 cm) 2015, Acrylic on Canvas, $2,500

Marty Ricks

Marty Ricks,  "Harmony in Silvery Light"
18'' x 24'', (45.72 x 60.96 cm) 2014, Oil on Canvas, $3,100

Marty Ricks, "At Days End"
30'' x 40'', (76.20 x 101.60 cm) 2014, Oil on Canvas,  $6,800

Marty Ricks, "Snake River Plain"
28'' x 24'', (71.12 x 60.96 cm) 2014, Oil on Canvas. $3,100

Marty Ricks, "Western Sunset"
30'' x 40'', (76.20 x 101.60 cm) 2014, Oil on Canvas, $6,800

Kamille Corry

Kamille Corry, "Late Peonies"
12'' x 18'', (30.48 x 45.72 cm) 2014, Oil on Linen, $5,700

Kamille Corry, "Passing Storm"
6'' x 12'', (15.24 x 30.48 cm) 2014, Oil on Linen, $1,000

Kamille Corry, "Farmlands"
5'' x 12'', (12.70 x 30.48 cm) 2014, Oil on Linen,  $975

Kamille Corry, "July Morning"
6'' x 10ź'', (15.24 x 26 cm) 2014, Oil on Linen, $900
Faberge Unveils First Imperial Egg in Nearly 100 Years


Harnessing 20 highly skilled masters, the objet embodies 139 fine, white pearls with a golden lustre, 3,305 diamonds, carved rock crystal and mother-of-pearl set on white and yellow gold. 


Paying homage to the forthcoming centenary of the last Fabergé Imperial Eggs ever created, Fabergé has crafted a spectacular, one-of-a-kind egg objet in collaboration with the Al Fardan family, one of the world's most renowned collectors of pearls. The new masterpiece was unveiled at the prestigious Doha Jewellery and Watches exhibition which took place last month in Qatar.


The natural pearls adorning the egg were hand selected by Hussain Ibrahim Al-Fardan from his personal collection.


"I have a passion for natural pearls and it took me many years to build my current collection gathering some of the most extraordinary pearls in the world," said Al-Fardan. "Fabergé has a great history in making jewelry for royalty, and a truly precious Fabergé Egg is a luxury treasure and the symbol of a long-gone era of opulence. This is why I partnered with Fabergé to combine these two traditional treasures: the Fabergé Egg and natural Arabian Gulf pearls, to create an exceptional piece."


The Fabergé Pearl Egg (pictured above) draws inspiration from the formation of a pearl within an oyster, and the egg's painstakingly-crafted mother-of-pearl exterior opens to reveal a unique grey pearl of 12.17 carats, sourced from the Arabian Gulf and exhibiting exceptional purity and a highly unusual shade of grey.

Harnessing 20 highly skilled workmasters, the objet embodies 139 fine, white pearls with a golden luster, 3,305 diamonds, carved rock crystal and mother-of-pearl set on white and yellow gold. Each pearl showcased on the Fabergé Pearl Egg was hand-selected by Hussain Ibrahim Al Fardan from his private collection. An ingenious mechanism enables the entire outer shell to rotate on its base, simultaneously opening in six sections to unveil its treasure.


The Pearl Egg is accompanied by a sumptuous Fabergé necklace of white pearls, diamonds and mother of pearl featuring a scallop motif, and finished with an exquisite 19.44 carat white pearl drop. 



The egg is the first of its kind commissioned since World War I. 


Peter Carl Fabergé and his company designed 50 bejeweled eggs for the Russian Imperial Family from 1885 to 1917. Alexander III and Nicholas II commissioned the most famous "Imperial" eggs as Easter gifts for their wives and mothers. The meticulously crafted objets d'art were produced up until the Russian Revolution, when the Fabergé family fled Russia.


Faberge's last Imperial creation -- the Steel Military Egg -- was commissioned in 1916 by the Tsar just months before he was removed from power by the Russian Revolution and forced to abdicate in February 1917. Nicholas II had arranged the egg as a present for his wife, Alexandra.


The tradition of giving decorative eggs was started by his father, Tsar Alexander III, who surprised his wife Empress Maria with a jeweled Easter egg in 1885.



The new egg has been crafted "to mark the upcoming (100th) anniversary since the last Imperial egg was commissioned," Faberge's spokeswoman Alize Morand stated. She said the egg would be the first of several that will soon be unveiled by Faberge.


After going on show for the first time, the egg will be sold at the end of the five-day exhibition in Qatar and there are already buyers interested in the piece. One estimate put the value of the new egg at $2 million.


But Morand would not confirm that and said the price could only be known "on application" for interested buyers. She added that several people had already expressed their desire to buy the piece.


The $2 million price tag may end up being a conservative estimate. The last Imperial egg to be auctioned reportedly went for more than $30 million when sold last year and the last officially known price for an egg was $18.5 million, which was sold at Christie's in London in 2007.


Faberge says that 50 eggs in total were commissioned and 43 of those are known to have survived the Russian Revolution.

The Mystery of the Lost "Amber Room" amber


Dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Amber Room was an ornate chamber made of amber panels.

Designed by sculptor Andreas Schlüter, it was started in 1701, and originally installed in Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin, home of the kings of Prussia. But during a state visit, the room caught the eye of Peter the Great. The Prussian monarch, Frederick William I, keen to cement a union with Russia, decided to donate the room to the Russian Tsar. It was moved to the Winter Palace in St Petersburg, then installed at the Summer Palace in 1755. Where it remained undisturbed until the Nazis invaded the Soviet Union in 1941. Despite the best attempt by the Russians to hide the exquisite panels behind flimsy wallpaper, the Germans soon found the Amber Room, and dismantled it in  just 36 hours, before shipping it to Konigsberg Castle on Germany's Baltic coast, now the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. 


And then - without any explanations, leads nor clues - it disappeared.

The original Amber Room, Catherine Palace, Tsarskoye Selo, 1931


The Amber Room began its life in 1701, when it was designed by the German architect Andreas Schlüter, and construction on the ornate wall panels was begun at the Charlottenburg Palace in Prussia, which was the residence of the first King of Prussia, Friedrich I. The King's wife at the time, Sophie Charlotte, had requested it be erected within the palace. The room was actually mostly built by an amber specialist by the name of Gottfried Wolfram, of the Royal Court of Denmark. Wolfram worked on the room until 1707, after which the two amber masters Gottfried Turau and Ernst Schacht continued construction and completed it in 1709.


The room was one of the most amazing masterpieces of 18th century craftsmanship and artistry, and must surely have been a spectacle to behold. Upon the walls of the room were enormous panels fashioned from tons of the purest Danish amber, which was encrusted with various gemstones and inlaid with gold. Upon these sweeping panels of gold and gem covered amber were installed ornate mirrors on gold fittings that were meticulously decorated with more gold and pieces of amber, as well as jewel emblazoned mosaics trimmed with even more gold. The overall impression was of a shimmering room completely made of gold and amber that was said to blaze into a fiery brilliance when lit up by the room's 565 candles. It was purportedly such an awe-inspiring site that it was often referred to as "The 8th Wonder of the World."
The reconstructed Amber Room, Catherine Palace, St. Petersburg, 2003

When Peter the Great, who was an ally of Friedrich I, visited the room he was astonished and greatly impressed. Friedrich I, looking to strengthen his alliance with Russia against Sweden, subsequently offered the room as a gift to Peter the Great in 1716. The large decorative panels of The Amber Room were shipped to Russia in 18 gigantic boxes, after which they were first installed as part of an art collection in St. Petersburg's Winter Palace.. In 1755, Czarina Elizabeth had the room moved to the Catherine Palace in Pushkin, where it would later be used as a meditation chamber for the Czarina and a gathering place for Catherine the Great.


The space at the Catherine Palace where The Amber Room was erected was a larger room than it had previously occupied, and thus went under a redesign by the Italian designer Bartolomeo Francesco Rastrelli to further expand it to both fill in the extra space and enhance its magnificence even more. More gold, amber, and gems were brought in, and when renovations were eventually completed, The Amber Room was comprised of around 6 tons of amber and gems, was 55.8 feet in length, and covered around 200 square feet with glittering beauty. It has been estimated by historians as having a total value of around 200 million dollars in today's money. 


The Amber Room was passed down to subsequent rulers in Russia, for whom it remained a priceless showcase of the palace and a source of pride until 1941 when Hitler's troops took the palace.


As bombs exploded throughout the city, the curators and officials of the Catherine Palace frantically tried to disassemble the Amber Room in order to move it elsewhere and therefore prevent it from being looted. As they did so, the amber panels began to crumble due to having weakened over the years. Hesitant to cause further damage to the priceless artifact, desperate officials ended up hiding the panels under wallpaper, gauze, and cotton in a last ditch effort to keep it out of German hands. The ruse did not fool the Nazi forces, who quickly discovered the famous prize.

The Amber Room Catherine Palace after it was plundered by the Nazis in 1945

The Germans were extremely efficient in their ability to dismantle the Amber Room. Within 36 hours it had been packed into 27 crates and moved to the Baltic city of Königsberg, presently Kaliningrad, and put on display. In 1943 it was stored at Königsberg Castle in a museum, where it became a favorite of the museum's director, Alfred Rohde. Rhode had a fascination with amber, and reportedly spent a good amount of time studying the intricate craftsmanship of the panels. As the end of WWII loomed, plans were put into place to pack the panels into crates and store them away from the approaching Allied forces. These efforts were too slow, soon. Königsberg Castle was bombed along with most of the rest of the city, and it was presumed that the Amber Room had been destroyed as well. The Amber Room has never been seen since.

A detail of the replica of Russia's legendary Amber Room, in the Catherine Palace outside St Petersburg, after 20 years of painstaking reconstruction by Russian craftsmen. 
The official story is that the Amber Room was destroyed in the war, and for many that was the end of that. However, over the years many have speculated that perhaps it was not destroyed. Rumors abounded of people sighting the missing panels or knowing someone who had had a hand in their removal.


Many have speculated that the panels were indeed moved as originally planned. The plan at Königsberg Castle to pack the panels away was thought up at the end of 1943, and the castle wasn't destroyed by bombing until August of the following year, giving the Germans plenty of time to have the Amber Room moved. The trail the panels may have taken is uncertain. Some speculate they remained somewhere in the city, hidden away from the destruction. Others think they were loaded onto a ship to be transported, after which the ship sank and brought the Amber Room to the bottom of the sea where it still remains. Still others believe the panels were successfully moved out of the city to join the myriad of other looted treasures, many of which are still missing. Other bizarre theories include the idea that Stalin had made a fake Amber Room which is the one the Germans stole while the real one remained untouched. Others say that the room simply got misplaced, and is sitting in its crates in some anonymous warehouse somewhere, lost and forgotten, with no one being none the wiser. It has also been suggested that some secret cabal has taken possession of the room and guards it from scrutiny to this day.


A rare photo of the original Amber Room
Since the Amber Room's disappearance, there has been sporadic evidence of it throughout the ensuing years in the form of pieces and shards allegedly from the panels. One of the more promising of these came in 1997, when German art detectives heard that someone was trying to sell what they claimed to be a piece of the Amber Room. When the office of the suspicious party's lawyer was raided, detectives uncovered a mosaic panel from the room. The seller of the item claimed that he had had no idea as to the object's origin. It was later found that the seller's father had been a German soldier during the war, so it is likely that the pieces were stolen by the man at some point during the Amber Room's removal by German forces or transit to its new location.


Several large scale searches for evidence of the Amber Room's continued existence have been launched over the years, which while offering up sometimes tantalizing clues have all failed to actually produce any of the missing panels. One of the more recent searches that has actually claimed to have found it is that of a group of German treasure hunters who claimed to have tracked its location down to an underground bunker in the German city of Auerswalde that was originally designed to house huge, railway mounted cannons that were among the largest ever made. The team claims to have found documents showing that the bunker was the destination for a highly secretive, clandestine shipment involving a large amount of transport trucks and originating in Königsberg, the last known location of the Amber Room. The document allegedly details how over one hundred Soviet POWs were assigned the task of unloading the trucks and moving whatever precious cargo it was down into the subterranean depths of the bunker. The team speculates that the mysterious shipment must be none other than the fabled missing Amber Room. The team managed to pinpoint the location of the bunker through the presence of a ventilation shaft leading down to it. Although the bunker has yet to be opened and examined, the treasure hunters are confident they have finally cracked the mystery. It remains to be seen how much truth their story holds.
The reconstructed Amber Room, Catherine Palace, St. Petersburg, 2003
The hunt for the Amber Room has had other bizarre attributes over the years. It is said that a curse surrounds the lost relic, and that all those who attempt to locate it will be beset by death and misfortune. There have indeed been accounts of those concerned with the Amber Room meeting untimely ends. A Russian intelligence officer by the name of General Gusev died in a horrible car crash shortly after talking with a journalist about the supposed whereabouts of the Amber Room, and in 1987 an avid Amber Room hunter by the name of Georg Stein was viciously murdered in a Bavarian forest after spending years trying to track down its location. The murder has never been solved.
Today visitors to Catherine Palace outside St. Petersburg can see a magnificent recreation of the Amber Room. In 1979, efforts to reconstruct the magnificent room were begun at Tsarskoye Selo. Over 25 years, the room was meticulously recreated in as much detail as was possible. Great efforts were made to duplicate the original using illustrations and old photographs of the room. Millions of dollars were spent, and Russian craftsmen spent decades working on the project until in 2003, when it was inaugurated.

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