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.


Russian auctions shrug off politics

09 June 2014

Despite the unhelpful backdrop of Ukraine politics and the threat of economic sanctions, the Russian art market continued on its mercurial journey in the first week of June. The characteristic patchy selling rates for the ‘Londongrad’ sales were accompanied by moments of remarkable competition.

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Fabergé discovery: Wartski win ultimate Easter egg hunt

18 March 2014

A previously lost Fabergé egg has been found by Mayfair jeweller Wartski in the American Midwest.

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Private deal pre-empts £42m Russian art series highlights

29 November 2013

Even before the latest Russian art sales in London started this week, the enormous sums of money being spent in this sector became evident when Sotheby’s announced the private sale of their two star lots in advance of their auctions.

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Wartski win $5.2m Fabergé figure

04 November 2013

This Fabergé carved hardstone figure of an Imperial bodyguard, recently rediscovered in the attic of an estate in upstate New York, has sold for $5.2m (£3.38m) at Stair Galleries in Hudson, New York. It has an extraordinary history.

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Fabergé fans clock on in Lymington

13 August 2013

Estimated at £10,000-15,000, this silver-gilt and ivory guilloché enamel desk clock by Carl Fabergé sold for £65,000 at George Kidner in Lymington, Hampshire.

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£7m Madonna helps Russian art to reach a five-year high

07 June 2013

The latest series of Russian art auctions in London set a combined hammer total of £42.7m to make it the most lucrative since the market peaked in June 2008.

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Chinese Girl sale sets world record for Tretchikoff

21 March 2013

Chinese Girl – the iconic work from Vladimir Tretchikoff, the Russian émigré who settled in South Africa – was sold this week at Bonhams’ South African art sale in London for £840,000, to set a world record for the artist.


Russian egg in time for Easter

08 March 2013

This 19th century Russian egg forms part of a large collection to be included in Stroud Auction Rooms’ two-day sale on March 13-14 in Gloucestershire.


Fabergé souvenir of a shot that almost killed the Tsar

04 March 2013

On the feast of the Epiphany, the Tsar, his family and the diplomatic corps traditionally watched the Great Blessing of the Waters on the Frozen River Neva by the Winter Palace in St Petersburg.


Russian collection in Rye

21 December 2012

A large 200-lot Russian consignment of items from the InterContinental Hotel in Prague is estimated to fetch around £350,000 at Rye Auction Galleries in East Sussex on January 4.


Bullish spending at Russian art sales as Coachman delivers £3.9m

30 November 2012

With London now accustomed to high levels of spending by private Russian buyers, the latest auctions in this sector once again produced some eye-catching prices for particular lots.


Russian order provides £40,000 result

05 October 2012

This Russian military medal demolished an estimate of £10,000-15,000 at a recent sale held at Bonhams Knightsbridge.


17th century Russians in Ipswich

12 March 2012

THE first sale at new premises for Ipswich auctioneers Lockdales, now at the former officers’ barracks in Martlesham Heath, included two pieces of silver and enamel ware of the type associated with the Solvychegodsk region.

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Big-ticket works boost Russian sales as buyers remain selective

13 June 2011

THE latest round of Russian art sales in London put in a consistent performance as auctioneers’ totals again benefited from a series of £1m-plus prices. Demand, however, remained selective with selling rates noticeably patchy.

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Russian works of art meet mixed reaction

13 June 2011

PAINTINGS may have provided the large bulk of the money raised in last week’s Russian sales, but the auctions also provided the usual glut of works of art, Fabergé and icons.


Russian art sales see some return to form

14 June 2010

THE latest Russian art sales in the capital saw the continuing recovery of an important sector for London’s auctioneers. The market may lack the free spending seen before the downturn in October 2008 but the June sales were significantly up on the equivalent series last year.


Fabergé in demand at London auctions

14 June 2010

This jewelled and gold mounted hardstone model of a turkey by Fabergé was among the highlights of Christie's Russian art sale in London on June 8.


Russian market stages a slow recovery but oligarchs go all out for heirlooms

07 December 2009

As buyers took the chance the chance to swipe a glitzy stocking-filler in time for Christmas, the latest Russian sales in London showed that there is still plenty of money to be made in this sector, despite the downturn.


Why map reading can pay

07 December 2009

IT wasn't just the London auction rooms that benefitted from the Russian influx last week. On November 29, Wilkinson's of Doncaster offered this 19th century Russian silver and niello work box.


A true icon in Sussex at £23,000

24 August 2009

THIS Russian icon depicting St George slaying the dragon generated a lively competition when offered on the third day of Bellmans' sale in Wisborough Green, West Sussex.



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