Russian Treasures

Le 17 février 2021, par Sophie Reyssat

Icons, silverware and Imperial memorabilia... Russia enjoys a long tradition of excellence fostered by Imperial academies and manufactories.

€75,000
Tapestry from a Russian Imperial workshop featuring the arms of General Pyotr Van Suchtelen (Count Jan Pieter Van Suchtelen, 1751-1836), probably for the Mihailovsky Palace, c. 1825, 314 x 310 cm (123.63 x 122.05 in).
Paris, Drouot, April 5, 2011. Gros & Delettrez auction house.

In the mid-18th century, as aristocrats began discovering European art on their journeys, falling in love with French works and having them imported at great expense, Catherine II (Catherine the Great, 1762-1796) decided to develop prestigious homegrown craftsmanship. The hemorrhaging of these treasures, a consequence of the Bolshevik Revolution, deprived the country of many antiques that newly wealthy Russians are now trying to bring back home. As a result, several years ago records started being broken at public auctions. Since then, the market seems to have matured, with quality pieces being sought at more reasonable prices.

€111,537Small Carl Fabergé table clock, Prince Radziwill’s former collection, Fabergé mark, Johan Victor Aarne, Henri Moser mechanism, Sai

€111,537
Small Carl Fabergé table clock, Prince Radziwill’s former collection, Fabergé mark, Johan Victor Aarne, Henri Moser mechanism, Saint Petersburg, 1899-1908, dia.: 10.5 cm (4.14 in).
Paris, Drouot, May 25, 2011. Coutau-Bégarie auction house. Mr. Boulay.

€94,179Kovsh in vermeil, cloisonné enamel and jade cabochons, Khlebnikov mark, Moscow, 1899-1908, punch 88 and French swan punch mark, 24.

€94,179
Kovsh in vermeil, cloisonné enamel and jade cabochons, Khlebnikov mark, Moscow, 1899-1908, punch 88 and French swan punch mark, 24.8 x 17.8 x 24.5 cm (9.77 x 7.01 x 9.65 in), weight: 1,104 gr (38.94 oz).
Paris, Drouot, December 2, 2013. Muizon - Rieunier auction house.

€40,894Tankard in partially gilded silver, scenes from the history of Kyiv and Prince Yaropolk Izyaslavich in the 11th century, old Russia

€40,894
Tankard in partially gilded silver, scenes from the history of Kyiv and Prince Yaropolk Izyaslavich in the 11th century, old Russian workmanship, h. 13 cm (5.12 in), weight: 476 gr (16.79 oz).
Paris, Drouot, March 28, 2012. Fraysse & Associés auction house. Mr. de Sevin.

Since 1917, the 30-million-strong Russian Diaspora has reputedly become the fourth-largest in the world.

€876Portable inkstand in gilded bronze with chased and repoussé decoration featuring a lion and a horse, second half of the 18th century,

€876
Portable inkstand in gilded bronze with chased and repoussé decoration featuring a lion and a horse, second half of the 18th century, certainly from a workshop in Solvychegodsk, 6 x 6 cm (2.37 x 2.37 in).
Paris, Drouot, June 19, 2015. Thierry de Maigret auction house.

€20,625Christ Pantocrator, c. 1890, silver and enamel oklad, pearl-covered riza, master goldsmith Ovchinnikov, Imperial privilege, finenes

€20,625
Christ Pantocrator, c. 1890, silver and enamel oklad, pearl-covered riza, master goldsmith Ovchinnikov, Imperial privilege, fineness 840/1000, Moscow, 9.5 x 8.5 cm (3.75 x3.35 in).
Paris, Drouot, March 21, 2014. Boisgirard - Antonini auction house.

€30,750Russia, Order of the White Eagle, gold and enamel commander’s insignia, punches “1867 (?)”, “RS” or “KS” and “56”, h. 6.5 cm (2.56

€30,750
Russia, Order of the White Eagle, gold and enamel commander’s insignia, punches “1867 (?)”, “RS” or “KS” and “56”, h. 6.5 cm (2.56 in), gross weight: 22 gr (0.77 oz).
Versailles, November 29, 2014. Éric Pillon Enchères auction house. Mr. Dey.

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