Vishnevskaya said of their collection that "we decided to create a Russian house" in Paris following their 1974 exile from the USSR, and Sotheby's executive Jo Vickery said, "They recreated Czarist Russia."
We at Playbill Arts usually devote our Photo Journals to opera productions or new concert halls. But we thought it would be worthwhile to offer a look, at left and below, at the treasures Slava and Galina gathered over the years — from porcelain for the Tsar's court to finely worked enamelware to one of early 20th-century Russia's most important paintings.
The Rostropovich-Vishnevskaya Collection of Russian Art — 350 lots estimated to be worth more than Ô£3 million in total — goes up for auction at Sotheby's in London on September 19 of this year. Information is available at www.sothebys.co.uk.
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All images courtesy of Sotheby's.