On The Square

Ney Has His Day

By Bidsquare

Sep 29,2015 | 15:00 EDT

From his earliest days, Alexander Ney knew what it was like to struggle. Born in Leningrad in 1939, he was a two-year-old when Hitler’s Germany launched their siege on his city, a battle that would prove to be the second most lethal of World War II. The city’s rail lines were cut, severing all access to food and power supplies. In the winter that ensued, between two and three million civilians, including 400,000 children, perished.

Yet Alexander Ney survived. After gaining private art lessons from influential Russian sculptor V.V. Lishev, he studied at the Leningrad Academy of Arts, and then at the Surikov Moscow Art Institute. After graduating, he taught sculpture to children at the House of Young Pioneers in Leningrad. Ney defected to France in 1974, before moving on to New York City.

On Wednesday, October 7, Kodner Galleries offer bidders a chance to add an Alexander Ney to their collection when they offer Lot 94 of their October Estate Online Auction. “Esther,” a white terracotta sculpture typical of the artist’s best work, comes with a lucite pedestal and is signed and dated.

Lot 99 - the ladys art deco diamond and white gold bracelet

Kodner Galleries’ October Estate Auction is 337 lots strong and features a wonderful array of curated collectibles including jewelry, wristwatches, handbags, Wedgewood and other ceramics, fine art, glassware, chandeliers, Asian art and more.


Lot 116 - Two Wedgwood Jasperware tabletop items

Lot 185 & 186 - French vintage posters