June Auctions Feature Tsarist Gifts, Fabergé & Icons


Photo: Sotheby’s © London

The Sotheby’s Christies, Bonhams and Bruun Rasmussen auction houses will each host  auctions next month, featuring a rich assortment of Russian works of art, Fabergé, icons, Tsarist gifts, and exquisite items of a Romanov provenance.

Three auctions will be held during Russian Week in London from June 4-6, while Bruun Rasmussen stage their own Russian Sale in Copenhagen on June 8.

Note: all auction times noted are British Standard Time (BST). Please consult each sale for auction preview dates and times


Venue: Christie’s (London)

What: Russian Art

Where: Christie’s, 8 King Street, St James, London

When: 4 June 2018, 10:30 am & 2:00 pm BST

Click HERE to view auction catalogue (244 pages)



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Photo: Wedding Gift to Their Imperial Majesties, A Rare and Important Imperial Silver-Gilt and Enamel Triptych Icon of the Feodorovskaya Mother of God, Savelev Brothers, Kostroma, 1894. Estimate: £80,000–120,000

Given to the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna on the occasion of their wedding in 1894, this icon is a rare and unusual example of excellent enamel craftsmanship from the lesser known region of Kostroma. This work demonstrates that Russian works of art of exceptional quality were also produced outside of the “two capitals”, Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Venue: Sotheby’s (London)

What: Russian Works of Art, Faberge & Icons

Where: Sotheby’s, 34-35 New Bond Street, Mayfair, London 

When: 5 June 2018, 2:30 pm BST

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Photo: An Imperial Presentation Fabergé jewelled gold and enamel box, workmaster Michael Perchin, St Petersburg, 1897. Estimate: £150,000–200,000

This box was presented by Emperor Nicholas II to Maximilian Freiherr von Lyncker, the Haus-Marschall to Kaiser Wilhelm II, following a diplomatic visit to Potsdam. It is a rare example featuring the Romanov Griffon, a symbol of the Imperial Dynasty often ignored in favour of the Imperial Eagle state coat of arms.


Venue: Bonhams (London)

What: Greenwich Concours D’Elegance Auction

Where: Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street, Mayfair, London

When: 6 June 2018, 3:00 pm BST

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Venue: Bruun Rasmussen (Copenhagen)

What: Easter Egs, Tsarist Gifts and Smiling Russians

Where: Bruun Rasmussen, Bredgade 33, Copenhagen

When: 8 June 2018, 2:00 pm

Click HERE to view auction catalogue (161 pages) 



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Photo: A porcelain coffee pot and twelve porcelain coffee cups and saucers from the Grand Duke Alexander Alexandrovich Service, Imperial Porcelain Factory, St Petersburg, periods of Alexander II (1855-1881) and Alexander III (1881-1894). Estimate: £5,000 – 7,000

The extensive Banqueting service was originally commissioned in the 1860s for the personal use of the future Emperor Alexander III in his residence at Anichkov palace. Quite popular, the service continued to be used throughout the reign of his successor, Nicholas II. The present lot is one of the ten lots containing items from the service.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 22 May 2018