ALVR Blog:
Russian Teatime Traditions

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From “Russian Tea-houses and Tea-drinkers” in Chatterbox, 1867

How greatly tea is used in England by every class of society, we all know… But greatly as tea is used in England, it is still in Russia more common. From the palaces of the great and wealthy nobles, down to the wretched hovels of the poor peasants, tea is the universal beverage. – James F. Cobb

James F. Cobb noted the …

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Tags: 19th Century Russian

Antique Russian Carved Coconut Tankard with Imperial Portraits


Finely and elaborately carved coconut mounted as a tankard with silver gilt mounts and gilded interior. Features the profiles of Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, and Elizabeth

Russian, 19th 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.)

Russian Pan Slavic Silver Bogatyr Beaker


Antique Russian silver beaker with repoussé and chased design depicting two bogatyrs, heroic warriors from Slavic folklore. Cyrillic inscription along bottom: “zastava bogatyrskaya,” meaning “bogatyrs’ outpost.”

Russian, ca. 1900.
Height: 3 7/16

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Antique Russian Enamel Kovsh


Russian gilded silver and enamel kovsh, decorated with a polychrome scrolling floral design and twisted rope border, the bowl terminating with an acorn finial.

A kovsh is a type of Russian drinking vessel, the oval shape modeled from a boat, with some versions designed as birds and ducks. Originally made of wood, silver versions emerged in the 16th century as the form increasingly assumed a ceremonial status.

Moscow, late 19th century.
4-3/8  x  2-1/4  x  2-1/4


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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 Crucifix Pendant


Gold reliquary crucifix pendant with Mary on verso.

Russian, ca. 1890.
Length: 2 in. (incl. bail)


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 Malachite Box


Antique rectangular malachite table box, with gilt bronze mounts, and fabric-lined interior. Restorations to malachite.

Russian, ca. 1860.
Base: 8-1/8 in. x 6-1/8 in.
Top (at mount): 7-3/16 x 5-1/4 in.
Height: 3-11/16 in.

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Antique Russian Bronze Icon


Bronze icon, including the Transfiguration, Crucifixion, Entry into Jerusalem, and the Nativity.

Russian, late 16th/early 17th century.
Height:2 7/8 in.
Width: 2 1/4 in.