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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Rare collection of Fabergé animals to go to auction

22 May 2024

Mostly acquired over a four-year period, a 20-lot collection of Fabergé animals comes to Elmwood’s

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Icon boosted by fantastic ornate frame

13 May 2024

The sale at Hargesheimer (28% buyer’s premium) on April 18 included an outstanding Russian icon and oklad by Orest Kurlyukov.

Royal Hesse Jubilee Brooch

Wartski uncovers famous Fabergé design for Royal brooch

16 October 2023

The original workshop drawing for a Fabergé jewel in the Royal Collection has been found in the Wartski archive.

Russian bread dish

Pick of the week: Bread and salt charger is welcomed on second visit

22 May 2023

It is traditional in Russia for important, respected or admired guests to be greeted with an offering of bread and salt.

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Elephant with a lighter touch

10 April 2023

Tennants’ Fine Jewellery, Watches and Silver sale, held concurrently with the Country House auction on March 18 included a very tactile and much-coveted Fabergé silver table lighter in the form of a walking Indian elephant.

Fabergé silver elephant table lighter

Fabergé elephant table lighter stars in our pick of six auction highlights

31 March 2023

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a sought after Fabergé silver elephant table lighter that more than doubled estimate in Yorkshire.

Lomonosov Porcelain Factory vase

Rare Soviet-era vase stars in our pick of five auction highlights

03 March 2023

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a Lomonosov Porcelain Factory vase from 1929 that made over 35 times estimate in Buckinghamshire.

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Russia Week axed after new sanctions

21 March 2022

In the wake of new sanctions on Russia, auction houses Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Bonhams have cancelled sales of Russian art in London scheduled for June.

Oleksandr Bohomazov's Landscape, Caucasus (undulating composition)

Auction houses ban Russian bidders as sanctions take hold

07 March 2022

A number of UK auction houses have stopped taking bids from buyers in Russia in response to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Wartski expert’s V&A showcase

29 November 2021

Four years after the publication of his book 'Fabergé in London', Wartski’s Kieran McCarthy has brought it to life.

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Russian icon inspires bidding battle in Germany

29 November 2021

Russian interest drives €125,000 result in Germany.

Fabergé T-Rex

Fabergé T-Rex soars at sale thanks to ATG advert

15 November 2021

A rare Fabergé jade carving of a Tyrannosaurus Rex emerged for sale at a US regional auction house to sell for $65,000 (£50,000).

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Rediscovered Fabergé T-Rex takes five-figure sum at US auction

09 November 2021

A rare Fabergé jade carving of a Tyrannosaurus Rex emerged for sale at a US regional auction house to sell for $65,000 (£50,000) last week.

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Rare Fabergé jade Tyrannosaurus Rex emerges in US regional auction

03 November 2021

A rare Fabergé jade carving of a Tyrannosaurus Rex comes for sale at a US regional auction house this week.

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Aivazovsky marine scene provides Maine highlight

20 September 2021

Sought-after Russian artist stormed to US sale stardom with a marine scene

Ivan Fedorovich Choultse view of Engadine

Russian artist’s alpine scene draws admirers at Rushbrooks Auctioneers

04 August 2021

A high price for a Russian picture came at Rushbrooks Auctioneers when a work by Ivan Fedorovich Choultsé (1877-1932) drew eight different bidders.

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Icon overpainting fails to deter bids

28 June 2021

Determined international bidders knew exactly what they were looking for at a sale of icons and Russian works of art held by Dr Fischer (28% buyer’s premium) in Heilbronn.

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Fechin portrait fetches surprise price

25 January 2021

This portrait of a young girl with a red headscarf caused the biggest surprise in the latest sale of Russian art at Dr Fischer (28% buyer’s premium) in Heilbronn, Germany.

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Jewellery: Demand for quality antique and vintage pieces remains high in 2021

18 January 2021

Covid-19 has played havoc with the jewellery fairs and auction calendar but it has done little to dull the appetite for quality antique and vintage pieces.

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Soviets on the rise: Bolshevik propaganda plate bring demand at UK auctions

11 January 2021

When the Bolshevik government took control of the Imperial Porcelain Factory following the October Revolution of 1917, large quantities of glazed but unpainted white hard-paste porcelain plates, cups and saucers remained at the site.

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