Russian Works of Art Consignment
Over the past decade Sotheby’s has established itself as the market leader for Russian art, with sales held twice a year, in early June and late November. The results of the November sales of Russian Art at Sotheby’s were the strongest in five years, bringing in a total of £18.1million. Our June online sale of Russian Works of Art, Fabergé and Icons established a world auction record for a Fabergé icon and again led the Russian market in both value and the number of lots sold.
Sotheby's auctions have featured examples from the finest jewelers of late Imperial Russia including Imperial Fabergé eggs, objects of vertu and pendants, Fabergé silver, stunning cloisonné and guilloché enamels, important icons, Imperial porcelain services and monumental vases, Soviet propaganda porcelain and bronzes.
When you are ready to sell Fabergé, Soviet Porcelain or a Russian antique, let Sotheby’s, your best resource for Russian art appraisal, help you realise the highest price. To start, simply submit images and information to Sotheby's through our easy-to-use online estimate form. Our specialists will review your submission and issue preliminary estimates for items that can be included in our sales. We also offer estimate evaluations for Russian Paintings.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- When is the best time to sell my Fabergé works of art?Throughout the year, Sotheby's Decorative Arts sales attract porcelain, enamel, silver and jewelry collectors from New York. London, Paris Geneva and around the world. If you are wondering, “How much is my Fabergé worth?, there is no better time to request a complimentary estimate for your Fabergé work of art.
- How did Fabergé eggs come to be?Peter Carl Fabergé is celebrated for his objets de fantasie and is particularly known for his Imperial presentation eggs, initially commissioned by Alexander III as gifts to his wife, Tsarina Maria. At Alexander III’s death, Nicholas II continued this tradition, but increased the number of eggs so that one would be gifted to his mother, Maria, and one to his wife, Tsarina Alexandra. Each egg had a unique theme and concealed a tiny surprise.
- When is the best time to sell my Russian enamel works?Throughout the year, Sotheby's Decorative Arts sales attract Russian enamel collectors from New York. London, Paris, Geneva and around the world. Auction prices for Russian enamels have exploded in recent years, as Western collections acquired throughout the 20th century are being offered for sale. Today, Russian collectors and enthusiasts eagerly purchase these examples of rare, often one-of-a-kind, cultural masterpieces for personal collections and as coveted gifts. So there is no better time than right now to request a complimentary estimate and consign an enamel frame, box, kovsh or religious icon for the highest price.
- What is enameling and when was it popularised?During the process of fine enameling, which dates back to ancient artisans, coloured ground glass is fired and fused to metal. Although many countries produced fine examples of enamel works, 19th and 20th century Russian workshops evolved the art form to a heightened level of beauty and complexity. These highly prized, brightly coloured works were primarily created between 1870 and 1917 in Moscow and St Petersburg.
- When is the best time to sell my Soviet porcelain?Throughout the year, Sotheby's Decorative Arts sales attract porcelain, china and ceramics collectors from New York. London, Paris and around the world. Soviet porcelain figures by State Porcelain Factory artists Natalia Danko and Elena Danko, as well as Dynamo Moscow and Spartak Moscow, are highly collectible, as are propaganda plates and other collectible Soviet porcelain pieces by celebrated artists Mikhail Adamovich, Rudolf Vilde and Alexandra Shchekotikhina-Pototskaya. Useful, everyday tea sets and dinner service sets painted by artists such as Sergei Chekhonin also are coveted.
When you are ready to sell Russian porcelain, there is no better time to consign with Sotheby’s to realise the highest price for your fine Soviet porcelain plate, platter, tea service, figurine or silver vertu object.