At that time when photography has trivialized the images of distant countries, Iacovleff is still a draughtsman and a painter. He produces a prodigious quantity of drawings.
He looks at everything. In the theatre, he is not only interested in the show but also in the attitude of the spectators in the boxes behind their cups and teapots. An oil on canvas 90 x 134 cm was sold for £ 1M including premium by Sotheby's on 28 November 2006. In a bold diagonal, a scene located in Pékin (Beijing), tempera on canvas 108 x 118 cm painted in 1918, is for sale by Bonhams in London on November 26, lot 41 estimated £ 500K.
In France, the ethnographic content of his work is recognized. He participates as an artist in two expeditions organized by Citroën to demonstrate the robustness of their vehicles, la Croisière Noire through Africa in 1924-1925. la Croisière Jaune visiting Asia in 1931-1932.
On November 24 in London, Sotheby's sells 97 sketchbooks and journals 18 x 10 cm by Iacovleff covering all his travels from 1917 to 1932 in one lot estimated £ 250K, lot 15.
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RESULTS INCLUDING PREMIUM
Bonhams sold for £ 300K the Beijing painting.