Antique Russian Carved Coconut Tankard with Imperial Portraits

… gilded interior. Features the profiles of Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, and Elizabeth

Russian, 19 th Century

Height: 6-1/4 inches


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Russian Antique 11th Artel Enamel Kovsh


Gilded silver and shaded and cloisonné enamel kovsh with geometric and floral motifs on a blue ground. A kovsh is a traditional Russian drinking cup, originally carved out of wood in the form of a duck. In this decorative kovsh, the bird-like form is clearly evident.

By the 11th Artel, Moscow, ca. 1910
Length: 4-1/8 inches; height: 2 inches


Russian Antique 11th Artel Enamel Kovsh

Russian Antique Decorative Arts and Jewelry


The most noted Russian jeweler from the late 19th century to 1917, the year of the Revolution, was Carl Fabergé. He produced some of the world’s finest enamel work, featured on many different types of items, ranging from clocks to frames to jewelry.  Works of art included sculpture such as hardstone flower studies and miniature animals, and household items such as bellpushes, often made for the Tsar and other wealthy Russian families. Original Fabergé works of art have become some of the most coveted antique items on the market.  (More to come.)

Antique Russian Gold and Lacquer Charka


Gold-mounted red lacquer charka, the handle set with an emerald.

By Carl Hahn, workmaster A. Treiden.
St. Petersburg, ca. 1890.
Length: 1 3/4

Austrian-born Carl August Ferdinand Hahn founded his company in 1873. He became an important supplier to the Imperial court and was awarded the distinction of purveyor to the court during the reign of Alexander III.

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Antique Russian Niello Dessert Service


Gilded silver and niello dessert service, each piece richly decorated with intricately designed illustrations of gun dogs, wild game, and game birds set against varying landscapes.  34 pieces, comprising two sugar tongs, two cake servers, six coffee spoons, six teaspoons, six dessert spoons, six knives, and six forks.

By Nicholls and Plincke, St. Petersburg ca. 1850.

Images celebrating the hunt were a common design motif in nineteenth century decorative arts. The St. Petersburg firm Nicholls and Plincke, also known as Magasin Anglais, was established by two Englishmen, Constantin Nicholls and William Plincke, in 1829. One of the most important retailers of luxury items in Imperial Russia, the firm initially imported English silverware and also later produced designs inspired by it, in addition to a wide range of important works of silver, and thereby catered to Russian aristocracy’s growing taste for western design.

Niello is a method of decorating metal using a metallic alloy composed of silver, copper (or zinc), lead, and sulphur, which produces a blackish hue.  Used by the ancient Egyptians and the Romans, the technique later spread throughout Europe. It is known to have existed in Russia since the tenth century, and figured prominently in Russian decorative arts over the centuries.

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Antique Russian Diamond Brooch


Old mine diamond brooch set in 14k gold.

By Lorié, Russian, ca. 1895.
Length: 2 inches
(approx 6 cts)


This item is available for purchase in the ALVR shop.

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Antique Russian Lacquer Tray


Antique Russian lacquer tray with decoration of two peasants drinking tea.

By the Lukutin Factory, Moscow, 1888-1894.
Width: 7-3/8 in.


This item is available for purchase in the ALVR shop.

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Antique Russian Lacquer Papier-mâché Easter Egg


Red lacquered papier-mâché Easter egg with a depiction of the Resurrection on one side and a cathedral on the other. The interior inscribed in Cyrillic: From the St. Petersburg Old Believers Accepting the Priesthood.

By the Lukutin Factory, with their three Imperial eagle mark.
Russian, ca. 1890.
Height: 6-1/4 inches.

The Lukutin Factory was the most important creator of lacquerware in 19th century Russia, and held the Imperial warrant.  Fabergé is known to have embellished Lukutin works with gold, silver, and gemstones.


This item is available for purchase in the ALVR shop. 

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Antique Russian Gilded Bronze Candlesticks


Pair of gilded bronze Empire candlesticks.

Russian, ca. 1820.
Height: 14 3/4 in.


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Antique Russian Traveling Triptych Icon


Silver traveling triptych icon with scroll decoration, with Saints Sophia, Vera, and Constantine, with presentation inscription on reverse.

By Morozov, St. Petersburg, ca. 1910.
Height: 4-1/4 in.
Width: 2-7/8 in., opening to 5-3/4 in.


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Antique Russian Bronze Crucifix


Antique bronze crucifix.

Russian, late 18th/early 19th century
Length: 5 1/4 in.


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Antique Russian Enamel Tazzas by Feodor Rückert


Set of four gilded silver and shaded Russian enamel tazzas by Feodor Rückert, Moscow, ca. 1900.

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