Russian Works of Art

Icons, porcelain, silverware, hardstone, works in gold and silver: these and many others are key sectors of the Russian works of art market.

Fabergé is the among most recognisable names in this field. Founded in St Petersburg in 1842, the jewellery firm was a favourite of the Russian Tsars and pieces of all kinds remain desirable and tend to command high prices at auction.


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Surprise result as Fabergé-Stroganov collaboration helps vase to 157-times estimate

01 July 2019

Morphy Auctions’ latest Fine & Decorative Arts sale held in Denver, Pennsylvania included this unusual 7½in (19cm) Russian silver-mounted pottery vase.

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5 Questions: James Butterwick

17 June 2019

James Butterwick is a dealer in Russian art of the early 20th century in London.

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Selective Russian auction series maintains capacity to wow

10 June 2019

The latest week of Russian art auctions in London generated £35.8m including premium, the highest total for a June series in this category since 2014.

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Six lots to watch at MacDougall’s upcoming sale of Russian paintings and works of art

24 May 2019

Russian art specialists MacDougall’s is marking 15 years since holding its first auction in London and has announced that its upcoming sale on June 5 will have a total estimate of £8.5m.

‘St. Isaac’s on a Frosty Day’ by Ivan Aivazovsky

How Russian art became “a growing beast of a category”

09 April 2019

Ten landmark sales at Christie's that highlight the dramatic rise of the Russian art market since the fall of communism.

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Lots from Russian dealership Iconastas Gallery go under the hammer at Berkshire auction

24 January 2019

The latest dispersal of objects from the collection of the late Christopher Martin-Zakheim and his shop Iconastas Gallery went under the hammer at Dawson’s Auctioneers of Maidenhead last weekend.

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Costume designs by Russian avant-garde artist come to auction in Berkshire

16 January 2019

Watercolours by artist Natalia Goncharova (1881-1962) are to be offered at Dawson’s Auctioneers of Maidenhead from the collection of the late Christopher Martin-Zakheim and his shop Iconastas Gallery.

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A giant toast to the Londongrad sales

03 December 2018

A monumental silver-gilt and cloisonné enamel kovsh by Feodor Rückert was among the highlights of the latest series of Russian art auctions in London

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7 top lots at London’s Russian auctions including Rostropovich’s cello and a giant enamel drinking vessel

30 November 2018

The latest series of Russian art sales in London generated a total of £39.2m (including premium) – roughly on a par with the £38.03m total at the equivalent series last year.

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What to see: Six offerings from auctioneers and dealers to look out for during Russian week

26 November 2018

The annual series of Russian art sales kicks off in London this week.

Russian porcelain figures

Russian porcelain figures taken to 300-times estimate at Tennants’ auction

21 September 2018

A major competition came for a set of Russian porcelain figures at Tennants’ Country House sale in Leyburn, North Yorkshire today.

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Saleroom selection: 5 lots that caught bidders’ eyes this month including a Fabergé picture frame

31 July 2018

Among the lots at auctions around the UK that brought keen bidding in July were a Fabergé picture frame, a Scottish banknote, a Modern British bronze sculpture and a Maltese lacquered wall clock. Further afield, a Korean censer drew attention in the Netherlands.

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Pick of the Week: Fabergé blossoms in Teddington

18 June 2018

“It was totally unexpected – as the best finds always are,” Derbyshire auctioneer Charles Hanson told ATG. “A client came along to our office in East Molesey carrying a cardboard box. Inside, wrapped in an old tea towel, was not one, but two, Fabergé flowers.”

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Watch auctioneer Charles Hanson selling his “most significant find ever”

14 June 2018

Two rare Fabergé flowers brought to a routine valuation event wrapped in an old tea towel were sold in a sale conducted by auctioneer Charles Hanson this week.

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Two rare Fabergé flower ornaments sell for £340,000 at auction

11 June 2018

A pair of delicate Fabergé flower ornaments stole the limelight at an auction in Teddington tonight.

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20th century Russian hard-paste figures heading back to the east

11 June 2018

Hard-paste figures of Russian ethnic characters and workers have appeared at English auctions on a number of occasions in recent years (ATGs passim), generally to keen interest from the Motherland and eastern Europe.

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Theatrical stars of latest Russian art sales

11 June 2018

The recent crackdown on Russian money in London seemed to have little noticeable effect on the latest Russian art sales in the capital.

Fabergé botanical studies at Hansons

“My most significant find ever” – Charles Hanson on discovery of two rare Fabergé flowers

22 May 2018

Auctioneer Charles Hanson has described the discovery of two rare Fabergé flowers during a routine valuation morning as his “most significant find ever”.

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‘End of an era’ as Iconastas sells up

14 May 2018

Dealer Chris Martin-Zakheim is selling his stock after closing Iconastas of Piccadilly due to ill health.

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Lost design masterpieces from Russian musical theatre come to Bonhams

21 April 2018

An exhibition of designs by Alexander Golovin for Igor Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol opens at Bonhams New Bond Street next month.

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