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Russia boasts a long and rich artistic lineage. This lineage is reflected across a variety of media and disciplines and stretches back more than 20,000 years to stone statuettes found in Siberia. Russia is the home of literary greats including Vladimir Nabokov and Leo Tolstoy, and is arguably the birthplace of minimalism with Kazimir Malevich and abstract artwork from Wassily Kandinsky. This incredible degree of craft and ingenuity is manifested in their indigenous artifacts, as well as some of the finest silver and gemstone artifacts found anywhere.

Samovars, large vessels used to brew tea, are some of the most prized Russian artifacts. Imported from Mongolia during the 17th century, these vessels were traditionally forged in silver and adorned with elaborate engravings. Jewels that once belonged to Russian royalty, such as the Imperial Orb of Catherine the Great and the Orlov Diamond, are some of the most famous and treasured artifacts found anywhere in the world today.

In contrast to the ornate and opulent objects once owned by the ruling class, Russia also has a longstanding and vibrant tradition of crafts made by the native peoples of Siberia. These artifacts are some of the oldest creations of mankind, and equally beautiful for their austere and rough-hewn aesthetic.


Quick Facts

  • In 2011, Christie's sold a 19th century silver samovar for more than $140,000
  • Auctions comprised of Russian fine art and antiquities routinely fetch tens of millions of dollars, demonstrating the perpetual appeal of these kinds of objects
  • Matryoshkas, or Russian nesting dolls, consist of a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size one placed inside another. They are a traditional peasant craft that has become popular with collectors throughout the world

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RUSSIAN KORNILOV TEAPOT & CUP & SAUCER
Dec 13, 9:00 AM CST
RUSSIAN KORNILOV TEAPOT & CUP & SAUCER
by Jackson's International
Est: $350- $500
$3754 Bids
FIVE PIECE RUSSIAN MATRYOSHKA SET OF VILLAGE GIRLS IN THE SNOW
Dec 02, 12:00 PM EST
FIVE PIECE RUSSIAN MATRYOSHKA SET OF VILLAGE GIRLS IN THE SNOW
by Converse Auctions
Est: $40- $80
$404 Bids
Russian Gilt Silver and Guilloche Enamel Box
Dec 11, 10:00 AM CST
Russian Gilt Silver and Guilloche Enamel Box
by Leonard Auction
Est: $500- $700
$3002 Bids
Russian Hand Painted Balalaika
Dec 03, 10:00 AM MST
Russian Hand Painted Balalaika
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$252 Bids
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MAGNIFICENT VERY LARGE RUSSIAN KIOT
Dec 14, 2:00 PM CET
MAGNIFICENT VERY LARGE RUSSIAN KIOT
by Galerie Moenius
Est: €200- €400
€2001 Bid
19th C. Russian Icon Unexpected Joy Gilded Brass Oklad
Dec 01, 8:00 AM MST
19th C. Russian Icon Unexpected Joy Gilded Brass Oklad
by Artemis Gallery
Est: $900- $1,200
$5001 Bid
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3pc Wooden Russian Santa Claus Dolls
Dec 04, 9:00 AM EST
3pc Wooden Russian Santa Claus Dolls
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
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5pc Vintage Russian Holiday Ornament Collectibles
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
5pc Vintage Russian Holiday Ornament Collectibles
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
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5pc Vintage Russian Holiday Ornament Collectibles
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
5pc Vintage Russian Holiday Ornament Collectibles
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
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6pc Vintage Russian Holiday Ornament Collectibles
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
6pc Vintage Russian Holiday Ornament Collectibles
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
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5pc Vintage Russian Egg Shaped Festive Holiday Ornaments
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
5pc Vintage Russian Egg Shaped Festive Holiday Ornaments
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
Russian Triptych Panel
Dec 01, 10:00 AM GMT
Russian Triptych Panel
by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £100- £140
£51 Bid
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Vintage Russian Icon Nesting Dolls, Signed
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Russian Icon Nesting Dolls, Signed
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
Russian Vishnyakov Hand Painted Lacquer Box
Dec 10, 2:00 PM EST
Russian Vishnyakov Hand Painted Lacquer Box
by Napoleon's Fine Art
Est: $200- $500
$1000 Bids
Russian Vishnyakov Hand Painted Lacquer Box
Dec 10, 2:00 PM EST
Russian Vishnyakov Hand Painted Lacquer Box
by Napoleon's Fine Art
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Russian Vishnyakov Hand Painted Lacquer Box
Dec 10, 2:00 PM EST
Russian Vishnyakov Hand Painted Lacquer Box
by Napoleon's Fine Art
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Russian Vishnyakov Hand Painted Lacquer Box
Dec 10, 2:00 PM EST
Russian Vishnyakov Hand Painted Lacquer Box
by Napoleon's Fine Art
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Russian Vishnyakov Hand Painted Lacquer Box
Dec 10, 2:00 PM EST
Russian Vishnyakov Hand Painted Lacquer Box
by Napoleon's Fine Art
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Lot of 5 Decorative Russian Lacquer Boxes
Dec 10, 2:00 PM EST
Lot of 5 Decorative Russian Lacquer Boxes
by Napoleon's Fine Art
Est: $50- $150
$200 Bids
Lot of 5 Decorative Russian Lacquer Boxes
Dec 10, 2:00 PM EST
Lot of 5 Decorative Russian Lacquer Boxes
by Napoleon's Fine Art
Est: $100- $250
$500 Bids
Russian Fedoskino Art School Papier-Mache Box
Dec 10, 2:00 PM EST
Russian Fedoskino Art School Papier-Mache Box
by Napoleon's Fine Art
Est: $125- $250
$750 Bids
Russian Fedoskino Art School Papier-Mache Box
Dec 10, 2:00 PM EST
Russian Fedoskino Art School Papier-Mache Box
by Napoleon's Fine Art
Est: $125- $250
$750 Bids
Russian Fedoskino Art School Papier-Mache Box
Dec 10, 2:00 PM EST
Russian Fedoskino Art School Papier-Mache Box
by Napoleon's Fine Art
Est: $125- $250
$750 Bids
Russian Fedoskino Art School Papier-Mache Box
Dec 10, 2:00 PM EST
Russian Fedoskino Art School Papier-Mache Box
by Napoleon's Fine Art
Est: $125- $250
$750 Bids

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