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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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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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.

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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.

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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Core allegations dropped in Russian ‘fakes’ case

19 March 2018

An investigation in Germany into an Israeli art dealer, charged with being the ringleader of an international fraud ring, has concluded after the two central allegations against him were dropped.

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Soviet art proves selective across ‘London-grad’ series

04 December 2017

Despite its current high profile, commercial interest in Soviet-era art remains selective. With the centenary of the Russian Revolution and anniversary exhibitions at the Royal Academy and Tate Modern, the latest series of Russian sales in London had aimed to cash in on the focus on this sector.

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Russian series marks Soviet centenary

20 November 2017

In this 1917 Revolution centenary year, Soviet art assumes extra prominence at this season’s Russian series.

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Soviet artwork in London spotlight

20 November 2017

Soviet art is in the spotlight this month as the London salerooms mark the anniversary year of the 1917 Russian Revolution with a series of trophy consignments to Russian Art Week.

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Mayfair jeweller marks Russian revolution centenary with Fabergé exhibition

08 November 2017

Jewellery dealer Bentley & Skinner is marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution with an exhibition of work by Peter Carl Fabergé.

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Russians scoop majority of Soviet-era painting collection

14 August 2017

More than 100 Russian paintings consigned from a single source went under the hammer at Moore Allen & Innocent’s (18% buyer’s premium) July 7 sale in Cirencester.

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Third £1m valuation at BBC’s Antiques Roadshow for Fabergé flower

26 June 2017

The BBC’s Antiques Roadshow witnessed its third £1m valuation while filming at the Black Country Living Museum in the West Midlands last week.

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10 highlights from London’s Russian art auctions

14 June 2017

The Russian art auction series in London last week showed signs of some improvement in the market following a prolonged downturn since the bubble burst around a decade ago. The sales at Sotheby’s, Christie’s, MacDougall’s and Bonhams generated a premium-inclusive £23.2m, up from the £16.4m posted at the equivalent series last year.

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'Little Gurie' Fabergé silver cup delivers £19,000 result

12 June 2017

Among the pieces of Fabergé bringing competition at last week’s Russian art sales in London was this c.1909-13 silver vodka cup offered at Sotheby’s.

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Russian art expert promotes Fabergé film for Easter

14 April 2017

A Fabergé film produced with the help of the former head of the Russian departments at Christie’s and Sotheby’s is being re-released in time for Easter.

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Fabergé treasures donated to V&A from collection of former Wartski chairman

20 March 2017

The V&A has been awarded a clutch of Fabergé treasures from the estate of Kenneth Snowman, the well-known collector of works by the Russian jeweller and former chairman of jewellery dealer Wartski.

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