Age that matters

Becoming older might be the worst nightmare for millions of women, but when looking for the ultimate safe investment, old objets d’art seem to be a good option.

­All things antique are on display at the Moscow’s House of Artists with rare artifacts from around the world in the limelight.

The far-reaching sales extravaganza, taking place twice a year, has become a Mecca for art dealers, connoisseurs and art aficionados from Russia and overseas.

Painting, graphics, sculpture, arts and crafts, pieces of furniture, porcelain and jewelry, regularly attract large crowds to Russia’s oldest and largest exhibition – the Antique Salon.

This time around among the top lots are several paintings by the traditional landscape artist Ivan Aivazovsky, whose masterpieces come with seven-figure tags at auctions around the world, while London’s James Butterwick gallery will put on sale six works by Kazimir Malevich’s pupil, outstanding Russian artist Ilya Chashnik.

Russia’s Elysium gallery, specializing in the works of art the first half of the 20th century, will expose sought-after masterpieces by the celebrated Ecole de Paris group of artists who worked in France during the 1910s-20s, including Marc Chagall and Alexandre Jacovleff.

The display will also feature canvases by some of Russia’s most important artists, Konstantin Korovin, Boris Kustodiev as well as the quintessential Soviet painter, author of the iconic Bathing of a Red Horse, Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin.

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