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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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1914 Mosaic Royal Russian Egg 2.6 Inches
Jun 27, 9:00 PM EDT
1914 Mosaic Royal Russian Egg 2.6 Inches
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $130- $180
$2504 Bids
5.5” Pink Amphora Enameled Royal Inspired Russian Egg Figurine
Jun 25, 9:00 PM EDT
5.5” Pink Amphora Enameled Royal Inspired Russian Egg Figurine
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $180- $360
$1251 Bid
Russian Emerald Green Art Glass Etched Russian Egg
Jun 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Russian Emerald Green Art Glass Etched Russian Egg
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $25- $250
$251 Bid
1910 Royal Alexander III Equestrian Russian Inspired Egg
Jul 08, 9:00 PM EDT
1910 Royal Alexander III Equestrian Russian Inspired Egg
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $120- $320
$901 Bid
1908 Alexander Palace Royal Inspired Russian Egg
Jun 27, 9:00 PM EDT
1908 Alexander Palace Royal Inspired Russian Egg
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $400- $600
$2200 Bids
Bejeweled Russian Orthodox Church Egg Display
Jun 29, 2:00 PM EDT
Bejeweled Russian Orthodox Church Egg Display
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $175- $350
$1500 Bids
1897 Imperial Coronation Royal Russian Inspired Egg
Jul 08, 9:00 PM EDT
1897 Imperial Coronation Royal Russian Inspired Egg
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $460- $560
$2900 Bids
Pink Amphora Enameled Royal Inspired Egg Figurine
Jul 08, 9:00 PM EDT
Pink Amphora Enameled Royal Inspired Egg Figurine
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $180- $360
$1200 Bids
Trellis on Purple Enamel Royal Inspired Russian Easter Egg
Jul 08, 9:00 PM EDT
Trellis on Purple Enamel Royal Inspired Russian Easter Egg
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $170- $270
$900 Bids
Cradle With Garland 1907 Love Trophies Royal Russian Inspired Egg
Jul 08, 9:00 PM EDT
Cradle With Garland 1907 Love Trophies Royal Russian Inspired Egg
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $400- $600
$2200 Bids
Russian-Inspired Blue Egg
Jul 08, 9:00 PM EDT
Russian-Inspired Blue Egg
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $500- $700
$3500 Bids
1895 Twelve Monograms Russian Egg
Jul 08, 9:00 PM EDT
1895 Twelve Monograms Russian Egg
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $300- $400
$1600 Bids
4” Jesus the Savior Icon Royal Inspired Russian Egg
Jul 08, 9:00 PM EDT
4” Jesus the Savior Icon Royal Inspired Russian Egg
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $300
$950 Bids
1899 Bouquet of Lilies Clock Royal Russian Inspired Egg
Jul 08, 9:00 PM EDT
1899 Bouquet of Lilies Clock Royal Russian Inspired Egg
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $275- $400
$1900 Bids
1916 Order of St. George Russian Egg
Jul 08, 9:00 PM EDT
1916 Order of St. George Russian Egg
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $190- $290
$1000 Bids
1906 The Swan Royal Russian Egg
Jul 08, 9:00 PM EDT
1906 The Swan Royal Russian Egg
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $300
$750 Bids
1903 Royal Danish Inspired Russian Egg
Jul 08, 9:00 PM EDT
1903 Royal Danish Inspired Russian Egg
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $450- $650
$2900 Bids
1912 Royal Russian Napoleonic Inspired Egg
Jul 08, 9:00 PM EDT
1912 Royal Russian Napoleonic Inspired Egg
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $650- $750
$4700 Bids
1911 Royal Russian Inspired Egg - Bay Tree
Jul 08, 9:00 PM EDT
1911 Royal Russian Inspired Egg - Bay Tree
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $325- $475
$2300 Bids
Bejeweled Russian Orthodox Church Egg Display
Jul 06, 2:00 PM EDT
Bejeweled Russian Orthodox Church Egg Display
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $175- $350
$1500 Bids
1906 The Swan Royal Russian Egg
Jul 11, 9:00 PM EDT
1906 The Swan Royal Russian Egg
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $400- $600
$2500 Bids
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Jun 28, 1:30 PM PDT
RUSSIAN RHODONITE BOX ON PUTTYS FEET
by Auction Plus, Inc.
Est: $2,500- $3,500
$2,0000 Bids
A PAIR OF LARGE 19TH CENTURY RUSSIAN MALACHITE & GILT BRONZE VASES
Jun 28, 1:30 PM PDT
A PAIR OF LARGE 19TH CENTURY RUSSIAN MALACHITE & GILT BRONZE VASES
by Auction Plus, Inc.
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$2,5000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Russian Items


Weatherham Estate Treasures

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Hermann Historica GmbH

Hermann Historica GmbH

Connoisseur Online

Connoisseur Online