Down to the water with Russian cityscape and landscape painter Pyotr Vereshchagin. (1834/1836-1886). Painting in the Academic style, he was the first to paint plein-air in the wilderness of the Urals.

“Fishing Camp.” 19th c. Russian. Oil on canvas. Signed signed in Cyrillic on the lower right. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/russian-pictures/fishing-camp
“Suhum Cale.” 19th c. Russian. Image source: gallerix.ru. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Petr_Vereschagin_-_Suhum_Cale.jpg
“Stone ‘Written’ on the Chusovaya river”. 19th c. Russian. Image source : gallerix.ru. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Petr_Vereschagin_-_Camen_Pisanny_na_reke_chusovoy.jpg

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Paintings of places that don’t look quite like that any more. Richard Karlovich Zommer, artist. Living from 1866 to 1939, Zommer was born in Munich but studied art in Saint Petersburg and painted in Russia.

“Chaikhana.” 1899. German/Russian. Oil on canvas, Signed in Cyrillic and dated on the lower left. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/russian-pictures/chaikhana
“The Quran School.” Undated. German/Russian. Oil on canvas. Signed on the lower right. Image © Catawiki 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.catawiki.com/l/15185153-richard-karlovich-zommer-1866-1939-the-quran-school
“Village Scene.” Undated. German/Russian. Oil on canvas. Signed in Cyrillic on the bottom right. Image © FREEMAN’S 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.freemansauction.com/auction/lot/168-richard-karlovich-zommer-russian-1866-1939/?lot=534358&sd=1

Salt thrones in silver, silver-gilt and champlevé enamel. Created in Imperial Russia, various silverworkers.

Silver-gilt shaped salt throne in shaped circular form with a double hinged cover enameled with a geometric pattern in red, white, blue and green. The sided applied with rectangular plaques, enameled with gryphons and an openwork centerpiece decorated with a gryphon on both sides on a red ground. Raised on four bracket feet. 1877. Made in Moscow, Russia. A. M. Postnikov partnership. Maker’s marks: The hinged covers and underside struck with the maker’s mark, 91 standard. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/russian-works-of-art-faberge-icons/a-silver-gilt-and-champleve-enamel-salt-throne-a-m
Silver and champlevé enamel salt throne, the seat with opaque and translucent polychrome enamel geometric motifs. The front inscribed “Without salt and bread, it is half a dinner,” and the lid with the arms of Ekaterinoslav and Kharkov. The back inscribed with the arms of Voronezh and Rostov flanked by roosters and the interior of the lid inscribed “To His Excellence Samuel Solomonovich Polyakov from the grateful members of the Kozlovo-Voronezhsko-Rostovskaya and Kursko-Kharkovo-Azovskaya railways .” 1879. Russian. Marked Khlebnikov with the Imperial Warrant, Moscow. 88 standard. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/russian-works-of-art-faberge-icons/a-rare-silver-and-champleve-enamel-salt-throne
Silver-gilt and champlevé enamel salt throne of traditional form on four bun feet, the trapezoidal body cast and chased with geometric and pan-Slavic design. The hinged cover draped with a trompe l’oeil napkin with the border finely cast and chased in the form of a traditional izba with pan-Slavic design enameled in red, blue, and turquoise and centering a vacant escutcheon within a cast and chased ribbon-tied laurel wreath. Maker’s marks: Cyrillic “MA” Moscow, 1891. Marked throughout, also with a Soviet mark. Inage © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-5783527

More imagery from a 1921 edition of Aleksandr Pushkin’s fairy tale “Conte de tsar Saltan et de son fils: le glorieux et puissant prince Gvidon Saltanovitch, et de sa belle princesse Cygne” . Published in Paris by Éditions De La Sirène, it was illustrated by Natalia Goncharova.

Page 2. Collections of and digitalized by the Boston Public Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/contedetsarsalta00push/page/n2/mode/1up
Page 3. Collections of and digitalized by the Boston Public Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/contedetsarsalta00push/page/n3/mode/1up
Page 5. Collections of and digitalized by the Boston Public Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/contedetsarsalta00push/page/n5/mode/1up

Caviar bowls in silver and silver plate. All decorated with silver sturgeon except for one that is modeled as a crab. Contemporary, not antique.

Silver plate caviar serving set with six vodka glasses, the main bowl generously sized to hold ice with a small glass bowl with a silver lid nestled in the center that can hold about nine ounces of caviar, while arranged around it are six silver-rimmed shot glasses. Sturgeon decorations on the handles on both sides and at the top of the bowl cover. 21st c. Silver plate and glass. Made in Taiwan by Markys markys.com. Image © 2021 Gourmet Food Store, LLC. Fair use license. via https://www.gourmetfoodstore.com/sterling-silver-plated-caviar-server-with-6-vodka-glasses-16040
Caviar bowl in sterling silver with glass bowls with silver fish decorations. 21st c. Russian. Made in Moscow by the ORMAS group. Image © 1995-2021 eBay Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.ebay.com/itm/Caviar-Bowl-Salmons-925-Sterling-Silver-Faberge-Style-/392961566250
Caviar bowl with sturgeon decorations and a finial in the form of the god Neptune. 21st c. Russian. Sterling silver with glass bowls. Made in Moscow by the ORMAS group. © 1995-2021 eBay Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.ebay.com/itm/Caviar-Bowl-Sturgeons-And-Neptune-925-Sterling-Silver-Faberge-Style-With-Topazes-/392961566294
Caviar bowl modeled as a crab with black pearl eyes with a spoon set with amethysts in its front claws, 21st c, Russian. Sterling silver, black pearls and amethysts. Made in Moscow by the ORMAS group. © 1995-2021 eBay Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.ebay.com/itm/Caviar-Bowl-Crab-925-Sterling-Silver-Faberge-Style-Amethysts-And-Black-Pearls/392961566255?_trkparms=aid%3D1110002%26algo%3DSPLICE.SOI%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20190711095549%26meid%3D8b82442fb7834f27a96e30cc9ef996d0%26pid%3D100047%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D12%26sd%3D392961566250%26itm%3D392961566255%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%

Letter openers from the old days. So much prettier than an email account.

Gilt-metal and agate letter opener, with a shaped blade pierced with masks and foliate motifs below a cast dragon and a tapering handle inset with agates below gilt-metal beasts. ca. 1880. Scottish. Attributed to Hamilton, Crichton and Company of Edinburgh. Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/stone-ii/a-scottish-gilt-metal-and-agate-letter-opener
Silver-gilt and jeweled letter opener in the motif of a dagger in a decorative sheath. Silver-gilt mounts, teal guilloché enamel in the sheath. Large agate beads, seed pearls a turquoise color cabochon on the top of the hilt with applied scrolling decorations, engraving and tiny bits of nephrite or green glass. Antique. No marks found. Image © Aspire Auctions. Fair use license. via https://www.aspireauctions.com/#!/catalog/340/1665/lot/66074
Guilloché enamel and silver letter opener. Agate blade with the horse head shaped top having pearl, ruby and gilt highlights. Before 1917. Russian. Maker’s marks: “MHI” and “88”. Image © 1986-2020 Invaluable, LLC and Concept Art Gallery, Pittsburgh. Fair use license. via https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/russian-guilloche-enamel-and-agate-letter-opener-139-c-0b4493d9b6#

Snow art. As in landscapes with snow. Russian. Ivan Fedorovich Choultsé, painter. Living from 1874 to 1939, many members of the Russian Imperial family owned his landscapes.

Winter morning in Engadine.” Undated. Russian. Signed “F. Choultsé” on the bottom right. Image source: Christies. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1925. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%D0%98%D0%B2%D0%B0%D0%BD_%D0%A4%D0%B5%D0%B4%D0%BE%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B8%D1%87_%D0%A8%D1%83%D0%BB%D1%8C%D1%86%D0%B5_-%D0%97%D0%B8%D0%BC%D0%BD%D0%B5%D0%B5%D1%83%D1%82%D1%80%D0%BE_%D0%B2_%D0%AD%D0%BD%D0%B3%D0%B0%D0%B4%D0%B8%D0%BD%D0%B0.jpg
“Night in March.” Undated. Russian. Signed on the lower right. Image © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.amazon.com/Fedorovich-Choultse-Collection-Unframed-Reproduction/dp/B07GY327TC
Snowy landscape. Undated. Russian. Image © Ocean’s Bridge Group Ltd. Fair use license. Artwork itself in the public domain. via https://www.oceansbridge.com/shop/artists/c/ce-ci/choultse-ivan/snowy-landscape

Floral arrangements that last forever from Imperial Russia. A couple of them by Fabergé. Love the rock crystal water. All of these being part of the collections of the Brooklyn Museum and part of a Sotheby’s auction scheduled for December 2, 2020.

Jeweled two-color gold-mounted nephrite and rock crystal study of a dandelion. Formed as a single yellow dandelion seed-head with pink gold seeds terminating in rose-cut diamond and natural thread pappi on a finely textured gold stem with two nephrite leaves in a tapering faceted cylindrical rock crystal vase in a fitted leather and silk A La Vieille Russie case. ca. 1900. Russian, made in Saint Petersburg. Fabergé, maker. Apparently unmarked. Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/faberge-vertu-property-from-the-brooklyn-museum-sold-to-support-museum-collections/a-faberge-jewelled-two-colour-gold-mounted
Gold-mounted moonstone, nephrite and rock crystal study of mistletoe. Formed as a sprig of mistletoe with a finely textured gold stem emanating five nephrite leaves with two clusters of moonstone berries in an elegantly flared rock crystal vase in a fitted wood, velvet and silk A La Vieille Russie case. ca. 1900. Russian, made in Saint Petersburg. Fabergé. Apparently unmarked. Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/faberge-vertu-property-from-the-brooklyn-museum-sold-to-support-museum-collections/a-rare-faberge-gold-mounted-moonstone-nephrite-and
Jeweled gold-mounted rhodonite, nephrite, agate and rock crystal study of a wild strawberry, formed as a cluster of rhodonite berries on a finely textured gold stem, terminating in a blossom with rock crystal petals and a gem-set stigma, mounted with five nephrite leaves in a tapering banded agate vase inset with natural mineral crystals emulating soil. 20th c Russian. In the style of the house of Carl Fabergé. Maker’s marks: marks for Fabergé and “H.W.” on stem. Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/faberge-vertu-property-from-the-brooklyn-museum-sold-to-support-museum-collections/a-jewelled-gold-mounted-rhodonite-nephrite-agate
Jeweled silver-mounted rock crystal, nephrite and guilloché enamel study of a wild rose. ca. 1912. Russian. In the style of the house of Carl Fabergé. Maker’s marks: Marked on stem with spurious marks for Feodor Afanassiev. The base with London import marks from 1912 to 1913, 925 and imported mark of Erich Kellerman. Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/faberge-vertu-property-from-the-brooklyn-museum-sold-to-support-museum-collections/a-jewelled-silver-mounted-rock-crystal-nephrite

Women being dramatic and waving their arms around. Very dramatic. Karl Bryullov, artist (1799-1852). The son of an engraver, he also studied at the Imperial Academy of Arts. A key figure in transition from the Russian neoclassicism to romanticism.

Girl, gathering grapes in the vicinity of Naples.” 1827. Russian. Oil on canvas. Collections of the State Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Karl_Brullov_02.jpeg
“A Dream of a Girl before Sunrise.” 1830-1833. Watercolor. Image source tamsquare.com. Collections of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Briullov,Karl-_A_Dream_of_a_Girl_Before_a_Sunrise.jpg
“The Last Day of Pompeii.” 1833. Russian. Oil on canvas. Collections of the State Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1925. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Karl_Brullov_-The_Last_Day_of_Pompeii-_Google_Art_Project.jpg

People getting out and having a bit of fun. Olga Sacharoff, artist. Living from 1889 to 1967, she was a Spanish artist of Russo-Persian origin. Influenced by Henri Rousseau.

“The Newyweds.” ca. 1929. © Estate of the artist. Image © Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona. Fair use license. via https://www.museunacional.cat/en/colleccio/newlyweds/olga-sacharoff/207737-000
“A Wedding.” 1919-1923. Oil on canvas. Signed on the lower right. © Estate of the artist. Image © Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona. Fair use license. via https://www.museunacional.cat/en/colleccio/wedding/olga-sacharoff/071952-000
“Le Pétit Café.” 20th c. Signed in Latin on the lower right. Verso inscribed in black “Number 12 O Sacharoff” and in white “Number 40.” The stretcher inscribed with the title. © Estate of the artist. Image © Bonhams 2001-2020. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/21105/lot/41/