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Vladimir Donatovich Orlovsky: Russian landscape with peasants at a farmer’s house on the outskirts of a forest.
Vladimir Donatovich Orlovsky: Russian landscape with peasants at a farmer’s house on the outskirts of a forest.

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Russian Court Painter Sells at Ten Times the Estimated Price at Danish Auction

A genuine bidding war broke out in the saleroom Wednesday afternoon when Bruun Rasmussen auctioned off a painting by the Russian artist Vladimir Donatovich Orlovsky in Copenhagen.

The painting depicts life around a Russian farmhouse and was estimated at DKK 100,000-150,000/ € 13,500- 20,100 by the specialists from the auction house. However, auctioneer Jesper Bruun Rasmussen brought the bidding all the way to DKK 1.6 million / €215,000 (including buyer’s premium) before the hammer fell, which caused a round of applause to erupt in the saleroom.

It is wonderful to see that our Russian customers continue to show a great interest in our Russian auctions. Today's hammer price is among the highest ever achieved at auction for a painting by Orlovsky. The painting has a very exciting provenance and has not previously been up for auction, which often enhances the interest among bidders,” says Martin Hans Borg, Head of the Russian Art Department at Bruun Rasmussen.

Throughout the 18-1900s, many Scandinavians were posted in Russia, from where they brought home art objects to their respective countries of origin. This is also the case with the painting by Vladimir Donatovich Orlovsky, which was acquired in 1910 by the Dane Jens Sophus Møller-Holst, who worked as a Danish consul in Riga. The painting has remained in the family until today.

Customers from the Aristocracy and the Imperial Court

Orlovsky studied at the Art Academy in Saint Petersburg and graduated with the finest results and achieved the Academy’s gold medal. In 1878, he was appointed professor at the Academy. Orlovsky painted many landscape paintings from his native Ukraine and from Crimea, and he achieved a high degree of popularity in fierce competition with Aivazovsky. Most of his clients were among the aristocracy of Saint Petersburg and Moscow as well as at the Russian Imperial Court.


Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers is one of Scandinavia’s leading international auction houses, and one of Denmark’s oldest. It all started on 6 October 1948, when Arne Bruun Rasmussen conducted the first traditional auction in the saleroom at Bredgade 33 in Copenhagen. Today, Jesper Bruun Rasmussen stands at the helm of the family-run business together with the third generation of the family, his son Frederik and daughter Alexa, and the company’s CEO Jakob Dupont.

In 2004, the first online auction was launched, and today the auction house has expanded to include departments in Copenhagen and Aarhus and representations in Sweden, Germany, England, France, Belgium, Luxemburg, Spain, Italy, Thailand and the US. About 100,000 lots are put up for auction each year at the traditional auctions, the daily online auctions and - the latest edition - direct auctions. Here you can bid on everything from art, antiques, modern design and jewellery to books, coins, stamps, wine and weaponry.

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Martin Hans Borg

Chief Specialist Russian Paintings & Works of Art + 458818 1128

Bruun Rasmussen – the Whole World's Auction House!

"Going once, going twice. Sold to the lady in the front row”. For 75 years, Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers has sold art, antiques, design, jewellery, wristwatches and collector’s items in the heart of Copenhagen. It was Arne Bruun Rasmussen who founded the auction house at Bredgade 33 in 1948, and until 2022 the Bruun Rasmussen family owned the company. Today, the company is owned by the British auction house Bonhams - one of the world's leading and oldest auction houses.

Being a part of Bonhams, means that Bruun Rasmussen has joined a global network, which benefits both the art and the customers, the latter has gained access to far more auctions and the former has a better chance of achieving the market's best hammer prices. The goal is to constantly confirm to our customers that Bruun Rasmussen is a sought-after auction house with the highest expertise in valuation and sales. Bonhams and Bruun Rasmussen share the core values of knowledge, credibility, commitment and renewal, and the old Copenhagen auction house will thus continue to base its business on its well-known values under the auspices of Bonhams.

With CEO Jakob Dupont at the helm, an extensive digitization process has taken place during the past years, making the auction house a significant player on the international market. With solid experience and in-depth knowledge complemented by highly professional advice and appraisal service, the company is the link between sellers and interested buyers from all over the world. Every year, 70,000 unique works of art are sold at three types of auctions – the traditional Live Auctions and the two web-based auctions Online Auction and Direct Auction.

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