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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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A LARGE XL RUSSIAN SILVER & ENAMEL EGG WITH STAND
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
A LARGE XL RUSSIAN SILVER & ENAMEL EGG WITH STAND
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$405 Bids
Gorgeous FABERGE Enameled & Studded Palatial Egg
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Gorgeous FABERGE Enameled & Studded Palatial Egg
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$453 Bids
COLLECTION OF RUSSIAN LACQUERED BOXES
Oct 28, 9:00 AM PDT
COLLECTION OF RUSSIAN LACQUERED BOXES
by Abell Auction
Est: $100- $200
$1253 Bids
Grouping of 3 Russian Nests of Dolls
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Grouping of 3 Russian Nests of Dolls
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$153 Bids
Paar russische Apotheken-Kästchen: Künstlerkolonie Abramzewo, Oblast Moskau um 1900.
Oct 28, 9:00 AM CEST
Paar russische Apotheken-Kästchen: Künstlerkolonie Abramzewo, Oblast Moskau um 1900.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€2401 Bid
19th C. Central Asian Silk Ikat, 81'' x 64'' (206 x 163 cm)
Nov 15, 10:00 AM EST
19th C. Central Asian Silk Ikat, 81'' x 64'' (206 x 163 cm)
by Material Culture
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5001 Bid
Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna (1882 - 1960) Russian
Nov 07, 2:00 PM EDT
Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna (1882 - 1960) Russian
by Coral Gables Auction
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$5001 Bid
Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna (1882 - 1960) Russian
Nov 07, 2:00 PM EDT
Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna (1882 - 1960) Russian
by Coral Gables Auction
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$5001 Bid
Russian Soviet Union Territory 1oz .999 Gold Clad Bar
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Russian Soviet Union Territory 1oz .999 Gold Clad Bar
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$61 Bid
Russian Diptych Doors
Dec 03, 10:00 AM GMT
Russian Diptych Doors
by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £500- £700
£5001 Bid
Russian Figures
Oct 30, 9:00 AM EDT
Russian Figures
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
Vintage Russian Shadow Box of Enamel Badges and Pins
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Vintage Russian Shadow Box of Enamel Badges and Pins
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
A PAPIERMACHÉ AND LACQUER BOX SHOWING RUSSIAN PEASANTS
Nov 04, 10:00 AM CET
A PAPIERMACHÉ AND LACQUER BOX SHOWING RUSSIAN PEASANTS
by Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf
Est: €330- €660
€3300 Bids
A LPAPIERMACHÉ AND LACQUER BOX WITH RUSSIAN PEASANTS
Nov 04, 10:00 AM CET
A LPAPIERMACHÉ AND LACQUER BOX WITH RUSSIAN PEASANTS
by Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf
Est: €390- €780
€3600 Bids
A RUSSIAN EGG NECKLACE
Nov 04, 10:00 AM CET
A RUSSIAN EGG NECKLACE
by Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf
Est: €700- €1,400
€7000 Bids
SEVEN CRUCIFIXES AND THREE BRASS ICONS AND FRAGMENTS
Nov 04, 10:00 AM CET
SEVEN CRUCIFIXES AND THREE BRASS ICONS AND FRAGMENTS
by Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf
Est: €150- €300
€1500 Bids
A SILVER-GILT, NEPHRITE AND GUILLOCHÉ ENAMEL PAPER KNIFE WI
Nov 04, 10:00 AM CET
A SILVER-GILT, NEPHRITE AND GUILLOCHÉ ENAMEL PAPER KNIFE WI
by Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf
Est: €2,000- €4,000
€2,0000 Bids
A LARGE PAPIER-MACHE EASTER EGG
Nov 04, 10:00 AM CET
A LARGE PAPIER-MACHE EASTER EGG
by Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf
Est: €3,300- €6,600
€3,3000 Bids
Unknown Artist - Presentation at the Temple (Russian
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Unknown Artist - Presentation at the Temple (Russian
by Dane Fine Art Auctions
Est: $4,000- $5,500
$1,5000 Bids
Unknown Artist - Birth of the Mother of God (Russian
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Unknown Artist - Birth of the Mother of God (Russian
by Dane Fine Art Auctions
Est: $2,000- $2,500
$7500 Bids
Russian Hand-painted Wooden Mary & Jesus Icon Egg
Nov 13, 2:00 PM EST
Russian Hand-painted Wooden Mary & Jesus Icon Egg
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $50- $100
$400 Bids
Royal Russian Crimson Trellis Trinket Box Egg
Nov 13, 2:00 PM EST
Royal Russian Crimson Trellis Trinket Box Egg
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $100- $200
$750 Bids
Red Cross on White Enamel Royal Inspired Russian Egg
Oct 28, 6:00 PM EDT
Red Cross on White Enamel Royal Inspired Russian Egg
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $350- $550
$2500 Bids
Russian Imperial Double-Headed Eagle Royal Inspired Egg
Oct 28, 6:00 PM EDT
Russian Imperial Double-Headed Eagle Royal Inspired Egg
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $400- $600
$2900 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Russian Items


Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf

Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Connoisseur Online

Connoisseur Online