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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 56 GOLD AND ENAMEL GEMSTONE EGG CASKET
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
RUSSIAN 56 GOLD AND ENAMEL GEMSTONE EGG CASKET
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$7005 Bids
Kornilov Russian Porcelain Armorial Plates (12)
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Kornilov Russian Porcelain Armorial Plates (12)
by Roland Auctions NY
Est: $600- $1,000
$3254 Bids
Russian lacquer box "Rendezvous". - Russia, 19th cent. - Diameter: 9 cm; height: 3 cm.
Mar 14, 3:00 PM CET
Russian lacquer box "Rendezvous". - Russia, 19th cent. - Diameter: 9 cm; height: 3 cm.
by Artmaximum
Est: €240- €500
€552 Bids
Russian Enamel match box cover
Mar 08, 10:00 AM EST
Russian Enamel match box cover
by Millea Bros Ltd
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
Three Russian Lacquer Boxes
Mar 12, 12:00 PM EDT
Three Russian Lacquer Boxes
by C Biddle Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$101 Bid
ANTIQUE RUSSIAN PETER THE GREAT FINELY CARVED TUSK.
Mar 08, 11:00 AM EST
ANTIQUE RUSSIAN PETER THE GREAT FINELY CARVED TUSK.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$1,0001 Bid
13 Religious Themed Russian Lacquer Boxes
Mar 21, 10:00 AM EDT
13 Religious Themed Russian Lacquer Boxes
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $100- $300
$501 Bid
Ten Russian Lacquer Boxes with Landscape Scenes
Mar 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Ten Russian Lacquer Boxes with Landscape Scenes
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $100- $300
$501 Bid
VINTAGE RUSSIAN HAND PAINTED WOOD EGG
Mar 08, 10:30 AM EST
VINTAGE RUSSIAN HAND PAINTED WOOD EGG
by Carroll's Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $80- $330
$130 Bids
1906 The Swan Royal Russian Inspired Egg
Mar 07, 9:00 PM EST
1906 The Swan Royal Russian Inspired Egg
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $400- $600
$2500 Bids
1906 The Swan Royal Russian Inspired Egg
Mar 07, 9:00 PM EST
1906 The Swan Royal Russian Inspired Egg
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $450- $600
$2700 Bids
A mid to late 20th century Russian lacquered box
Mar 08, 10:00 AM GMT
A mid to late 20th century Russian lacquered box
by Martel Maides
Est: £60- £80
£450 Bids
Two late 20th century Russian lacquered boxes (cats)
Mar 08, 10:00 AM GMT
Two late 20th century Russian lacquered boxes (cats)
by Martel Maides
Est: £40- £50
£350 Bids
A mid to late 20th century Russian lacquered box
Mar 08, 10:00 AM GMT
A mid to late 20th century Russian lacquered box
by Martel Maides
Est: £60- £80
£450 Bids
A mid to late 20th century Russian lacquered box
Mar 08, 10:00 AM GMT
A mid to late 20th century Russian lacquered box
by Martel Maides
Est: £60- £80
£450 Bids
Two mid to late 20th century Fedoskino Russian lacquered boxes
Mar 08, 10:00 AM GMT
Two mid to late 20th century Fedoskino Russian lacquered boxes
by Martel Maides
Est: £120- £150
£950 Bids
A mid to late 20th century Russian lacquer box
Mar 08, 10:00 AM GMT
A mid to late 20th century Russian lacquer box
by Martel Maides
Est: £80- £120
£650 Bids
Two mid to late 20th century Russian lacquered boxes
Mar 08, 10:00 AM GMT
Two mid to late 20th century Russian lacquered boxes
by Martel Maides
Est: £40- £50
£300 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Russian Items


Weatherham Estate Treasures

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Martel Maides

Martel Maides

Brunk Auctions

Brunk Auctions

Artmaximum

Artmaximum