Imperial Russia. Watercolors of something that seems only dreamt up but once was real. These by Russian watercolorist Vasily Sadovnikov (1800-1879), who was a leading Russian master of perspective painting.

Room in the house of the princes Golitsyn. 1845.
Room in the house of the princes Golitsyn. 1845. Private collection. In the public domain due to age. via https://arthive.com/artists/1921~Vasily_Semenovich_Sadovnikov/works/13728~The_interior_room_in_the_house_of_the_princes_Golitsynyh
Interiors-of-the-Winter-Palace-The-Nicholas-Hall
“Nicholas Hall” from the album “Interiors of the Winter Palace.” 1857. Collection of the Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.arthermitage.org/Vasily-Semyonovich-Sadovnikov/Interiors-of-the-Winter-Palace-The-Nicholas-Hall.html
The Field Marshal's Hall of the Winter Palace. 1852.
The Field Marshal’s Hall of the Winter Palace. 1852. In the public domain due to age. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Field_Marshal%27s_Hall,_Sadovnikov.jpg
"Arch of the General Staff building." 1830s.
“Arch of the General Staff building.” 1830s. Image courtesy staratel.com. In the public domain due to age. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sadovnikiov_Arch_of_General_Stuff_Building_1830s.jpg

Soviet propoganda art by Russian artist Aleksandr Deineka. Living from 1899 to 1969, he also sculpted. Studied art at Kharkov Art College and at VKhUTEMAS in Moscow.

Alexander-Deineka-Stakhanovites
“Stakhanovites: A Study for The Esteemed People of the Soviets’ Mural for the USSR Pavilion, 1937 International, Exposition in Paris 1937.” 1937. Soviet/Russian. Oil paint on canvas. © Estate of the artist. Image Courtesy of the Perm State Art Gallery, Russia. Fair use license. via https://www.a-n.co.uk/media/52513060/
"On the Womens' Meeting." No date..
“On the Womens’ Meeting.” No date. © Estate of the artist. Fair use license. via https://bertc.com/subone/g269/deineka.htm
"The Wide Expanse." 1944.
“The Wide Expanse.” 1944. © Estate of the artist. Fair use license. via https://en.opisanie-kartin.com/description-of-the-painting-by-alexander-deineka-expanse/

Bodegones (still lifes) with fruit of the Baroque era. Spanish. Tomás Yepes, artist (ca. 1595-1674).

 "Dos fruteros sobre una mesa." 1642. Oil on canvas.
“Dos fruteros sobre una mesa.” 1642. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Museo del Prado, Madrid. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://www.liveinternet.ru/users/4248621/post401122487/
3. Натюрморт с фруктами и цветами в вазах
“Still Life with Fruit and Flowers.” 1647. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Museo del Prado, Madrid. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=124669
"A Painted Ceramic Vase with an Orange Tree." No date. Oil on canvas.
“A Painted Ceramic Vase with an Orange Tree.” No date. Oil on canvas. Image © 2020 MutualArt Services, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.mutualart.com/Artwork/A-Painted-Ceramic-Vase-with-an-Orange-Tr/9F3C5C6990CF6696

Space art postcards from the Soviet era by Russian illustrator Andrei Sokolov (1963-1980).

Saturn. No date.
Saturn. No date. © Estate of the artist. Fair use license. via https://twitter.com/humanoidhistory/status/1134974013820854272
Untitled. No date.
Untitled. No date. © Estate of the artist. Fair use license. via© 2020 Vintage Technology. Fair use license. via https://vintagetech.blognook.com/2019/06/03/soviet-postcards-featuring-space-art-by-andrei/
Untitled. No date.
Untitled. No date. © Estate of the artist. Fair use license. via https://scientificillustration.tumblr.com/page/2
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Untitled. No date. © Estate of the artist. Fair use license. via https://vintagetech.blognook.com/2019/05/19/1965-soviet-postcard-with-space-art-by-andrei-3/
Soviet space station of the future.  No date.
Soviet space station of the future. No date. © Estate of the artist. Image © 2020 Vintage Technology. Fair use license. via https://vintagetech.blognook.com/2018/04/03/a-soviet-space-station-of-the-future-illustra/

Russian silver-gilt, most of it enameled. Put enough of it out on your sideboard and it will look like the revolution never came. Imperial era. Antip Kuzmichev, Moscow, silverworker.

Easter egg with bud vase interior, gold-washed silver and cloisonne enamel with foliate bands,  a wide band of beaded flowerheads on a white ground. "Christ is Risen" lettering in the center over  beaded flowers and scrollwork, opening at center to reveal small bud vase with the inscription "Easter 1898" and a monogram. ca. 1898.
Easter egg with bud vase interior, gold-washed silver and cloisonné enamel with foliate bands, a wide band of beaded flowerheads on a white ground. “Christ is Risen” lettering in the center over beaded flowers and scrollwork, opening at center to reveal small bud vase with the inscription “Easter 1898” and a monogram. Possibly made before 1896 and inscribed later. Made in Moscow. Antip Kuzmichev, maker. Image © 1999 – 2019 SKINNER, INC. Fair use license. via https://m.skinnerinc.com/auctions/2498/lots/669
Three piece silver-gilt and champlevé enamel coffee set with coffee pot, sugar bowl and creamer decorated in an Oriental pattern with traditional scrolling ornaments in shades of white, blue and green. 1898-1908.
Three piece silver-gilt and champlevé enamel coffee set with coffee pot, sugar bowl and creamer decorated in an Oriental pattern with traditional scrolling ornaments in shades of white, blue and green. 1898-1908. Made in Moscow. Makers initials and “Made for Tiffany and Company” struck on the bases. Antip Kuzmichev, maker for Tiffany and Company, New York. Image © 2019 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2019/russian-works-of-art-faberge-and-icons/a-silver-gilt-and-champleve-enamel-three-piece
Kovsh in gilt-silver and guilloche, cloisonne and champleve enamel.
Kovsh in gilt-silver and guilloché, cloisonné and champlevé enamel in a Russian Revival style. Champlevé enamel on the handle and around the perimeter of the interior of the bowl with translucent royal blue enamel over a guilloché ground featuring an anthropomorphized flower. Exterior with a band of polychrome cloisonné enamel. 1899-1908. Made in Moscow. Assayer`s mark of Ilya Lebedkin, 84 standard, with a French control mark. Antip Kuzmicheva, maker. Image © 2019 Bidsquare Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.bidsquare.com/online-auctions/shapiro/a-guilloche-cloisonne-and-champleve-enamel-gilt-silver-kovsh-antip-kuzmichev-moscow-1899-1908-392565
Tea set in  silver and cloisonné enamel. 1892.
Tea set in silver and cloisonné enamel. 1892. Made in Moscow. Monogrammed “AHCF.” Antip Kuzmichev, maker for Tiffany and Company, New York. Image © 2019 | The Frick Pittsburgh. Fair use license. via https://collection.thefrickpittsburgh.org/objects/5713

Brilliant colors with odd(ish) themes, painted by artist Nicholas Kalmakoff (1873-1955). Russian born, he later moved to Paris and painted there. A leading light of the Visionary Movement.

"Celestial Fanfare." Undated.
“Celestial Fanfare.” Undated. ln the public domain. via https://www.colourlovers.com/group/Artist_Palette_Challenge/conversations/20872/APC_460_Nicholas_Kalmakoff
"Three Black Women." 1912.
“Three Black Women.” 1912. In the public domain. via http://www.all-art.org/art_20th_century/kalmakoff1.html
"She Rides a Peacock." Undated.
“She Rides a Peacock.” Undated. In the public domain. via http://www.all-art.org/art_20th_century/kalmakoff1.html
"Fighting Birds." Undated.
“Fighting Birds.” Undated. In the public domain. via http://www.all-art.org/art_20th_century/kalmakoff1.html

Porcelain made by the Leningrad Lomonosov State Porcelain Factory, Leningrad. All of these in Sarah colors, as bright as they come.

Bottle form vase after a design by  Mikhail Mokh, of bottle form, painted with young Soviet pioneers carrying a flag, playing volleyball, and swimming, with the neck decorated with tents. 1930. Unmarked but inscribed in Russian and dated "Mokh. M. / 1930 / III" under the base.
Bottle form vase after a design by Mikhail Mokh, painted with young Soviet pioneers carrying a flag, playing volleyball, and swimming, with the neck decorated with tents. 1930. Porcelain with a gilt top rim. Unmarked but inscribed in Russian and dated “Mokh. M. / 1930 / III” under the base. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/a-soviet-porcelain-vase-by-the-state-6174714-details.aspx
Plate with cobalt ground decorated with four cartouches depicting traditional folk scene with gilt foliage and central figure. 1925.
Plate with cobalt ground decorated with four cartouches depicting traditional folk scene with gilt foliage and central figure. 1925. Porcelain and gilt. After a design by Alexandra Shekatikhina-Pototskaya. Green imperial cypher of Nicholas II dated 1895. Blue factory mark dated 1925. Image © 2019 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2019/russian-works-of-art-faberge-icons/folktales-a-soviet-porcelain-plate-state-porcelain
Kumys pot, presumably part of a commission ordered by the government of 
the Soviet Union, for the Mongolian People’s Republic, 1939.
Kumys pot, presumably part of a commission ordered by the government of 
the Soviet Union, for the Mongolian People’s Republic, 1939. Porcelain. Image © 2019 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/articles/the-rarest-of-soviet-porcelain
Bulbous style vase in a Suprematist design
Bulbous style vase in a Suprematist design, painted with red rectangles within dark blue borders, and blue circles at intervals. ca. 1935-36. After a design by Nikolai Suetin. Apparently unmarked but inscribed with the numeral “24” under base. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/lot/a-soviet-suprematist-porcelain-vase-by-the-6236606-details.aspx?lid=1&from=relatedlot&intobjectid=6236606