Images of a Russia that isn’t coming back painted by Fedor (Fyodor) Slavyansky. Living from 1817 to 1876, he studied with artist Alexey Gavrilovich Venetsianov. 

On the Balcony, 1857. Self portrait of the artist with his family. Russian. Fedor Slavyansky, painter (1817-1876). In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 70 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Slavyansky-Family_portrait.jpg

Venetsianov’s Study. (Copy of Tyranov’s painting). ca. 1830s-1840s. Russian. Oil on canvas. Fedor Slavyansky, painter (1817-1876). Collections of the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 70 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Slavyansky-Venetsianov_Cabinet.jpg

In the rooms of A. Semenov. (Estate of Otradnoye?). 1840s. Russian. Oil on canvas. Fedor Slavyansky, painter (1817-1876). Collections of the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 70 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Slavyansky_-_V_komnatah_u_A.A.Semenskogo_v_Tverskoy_gubernii.jpg

Family portrait. 1852 Russian. Oil on canvas. Fedor Slavyansky, painter (1817-1876). Collections of the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 70 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Family_portrait_by_F.Slavyanskiy_(1852,_GTG).jpg

Views of an old Siberia that isn’t coming back. Watercolors by artist Mikhail Stepanovich Znamensky who was a native of Tobolsk. Living from 1833 to 1892, he was also an illustrator.

Dancing game in northern Russia. Kurgan near Tobolsk, western Siberia, from an ethnographic album about life in western Siberia. by 1892. Siberian/Russian. Watercolor on paper. Mikhail Stepanovich Znamensky, artist (1833-1892). Signed in Cyrillic on the lower left. Image © 2022 Dorotheum GmbH & Co KG. Fair use license, via https://www.dorotheum.com/de/l/7129105/
 Two summer tents with three Khanty women seated in or just outside them. One woman holds a child. From a series of works created to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the founding of Tobolsk and the annexation of Siberia to Russia, which was celebrated in 1885. ca. 1885. Siberian/Russian. Watercolor on paper. Mikhail Stepanovich Znamensky, artist (1833-1892). Image © 2022 William Reese Company.. Fair use license, via https://www.williamreesecompany.com/pages/books/WRCAM46028/mikhail-stepanovich-znamensky/three-watercolors-showing-scenes-of-the-khanty-people-a-northe
Three Khanty people in traditional clothing standing in a dining room, with a Russian official seated on the left; a portrait of the Tsar hangs on the wall in the background and an animal skin is draped on the table. From a series of works created to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the founding of Tobolsk and the annexation of Siberia to Russia, which was celebrated in 1885. ca. 1885. Siberian/Russian. Watercolor on paper. Mikhail Stepanovich Znamensky, artist (1833-1892). Image © 2022 William Reese Company.. Fair use license, via https://www.williamreesecompany.com/pages/books/WRCAM46028/mikhail-stepanovich-znamensky/three-watercolors-showing-scenes-of-the-khanty-people-a-northe
 Winter snowscape showing a man with three reindeer standing outside a log cabin. From a series of works created to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the founding of Tobolsk and the annexation of Siberia to Russia, which was celebrated in 1885. ca. 1885. Siberian/Russian. Watercolor on paper. Mikhail Stepanovich Znamensky, artist (1833-1892). Image © 2022 William Reese Company.. Fair use license, via https://www.williamreesecompany.com/pages/books/WRCAM46028/mikhail-stepanovich-znamensky/three-watercolors-showing-scenes-of-the-khanty-people-a-northe

Sugar boxes in silver. So much prettier than the Amazon kind.

Richly decorated silver sugar box with a gilded interior and tongs. ca. 1890-1910. Made in Germany and imported in Sweden. Hallmarked. Image © 2022 Catawiki. Fair use license. via https://www.catawiki.com/en/l/18597401-silver-sugar-box-with-gilded-interior-and-tongs-germany-circa-1900
Locking egg shape silver sugar box with a ribbon and tassel finial and engraved decoration. Late 19th c. Russian. No maker’ mark. Image © 2018 Brunk Auctions, Inc.  Fair use license. via https://www.brunkauctions.com/lot/russian-silver-sugar-box-3194908
Footed silver sugar chest or box with clam shell relief decoration adorning the front of the box and a very intricately crafted eagle on the top. 1840-1850. Biedermeier. German. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2022. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/tea-sets/antique-german-biedermeier-footed-silver-sugar-chest-box/id-f_16028942/




Paintings of Russian women just a little while ago. A few men here and there. Mikhail Nesterov, Russian/Soviet painter. Living from 1862 to 1942, He was one of the first exponents of Symbolist art in Russia.


Taking the Veil. 1897-1898. Russian. Oil on canvas. Collections of the State Russian Museums, Saint Petersburg. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1927. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mikhail_Nesterov_002.jpg
For the Love Potion. 1888. Russian. Oil on canvas. Image source: fotki.yandex.ru. Collections of the Radishchev Museum, Saratov. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1927. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mikhail_Nesterov_005.jpeg
In Russia. Soul of the people. 1914. Russian. Oil on canvas. Collections of the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1927. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:NesterovMV_NaRusi206x483GTG.jpg


Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich Meeting His Bride, Maria Miloslavasky. 1887. Russian. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://pixels.com/featured/tsar-alexei-mikhailovich-meeting-his-bride-maria-miloslavasky-mikhail-vasilievich-nesterov.html

Porchoir prints by Natalia Goncharova and Mikhaïl Larionov. Taken from the folio “L’Art Décoratif Théatrical Moderne”, published in Paris in 1921. Part of an auction at Sotheby’s, all of these images being from the same lot. Natalia Goncharova did design work for the Ballets Russes.

Signed Mikhaïl Larionov on the lower right. From L’Art Décoratif Théatrical Moderne.. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/fine-books-and-manuscripts-including-americana/goncharova-natalia-mikhail-larionov
From L’Art Décoratif Théatrical Moderne.. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/fine-books-and-manuscripts-including-americana/goncharova-natalia-mikhail-larionov
Signed Mikhaïl Larionov on the upper left. From L’Art Décoratif Théatrical Moderne.. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/fine-books-and-manuscripts-including-americana/goncharova-natalia-mikhail-larionov
Signed with the initials N. G. for Natalia Goncharova on the lower right. From L’Art Décoratif Théatrical Moderne.. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/fine-books-and-manuscripts-including-americana/goncharova-natalia-mikhail-larionov

Portraits of women and children taken from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” which consists of thirteen watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau), one by Eduard Hau and fifteen photographs. Russian. ca. 1840, it was auctioned by Christies London in 2018.

Woman with dark hair. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Woman in a blue and white dress with earrings. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Two women. Thinking the one on the right is named “Sophia.” ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Woman standing on a balcony. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Woman with dark hair and a black shawl. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Woman standing or sitting at a table. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Woman with a blue and red shawl. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Woman with flowers in her hair. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. Ader Nordmann Auctions. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Woman with dark bracelets. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Woman wearing a black dress. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Little girl in a white dress with red beaded necklace, sash and ribbons. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Woman wearing a brooch. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Three children. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5

Children with their dog. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Woman in pink. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Boy wearing a jacket. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Two small girls in white dresses with dark green sashes. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Girl and boy. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Woman with a striped sash. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Young woman in a white dress with pink ribbon decorations. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5

Please note that some of these are signed and that others identify the sitter. The handwriting is quite faded out so I can’t read it. I’m sorry. The Haus were very well known watercolorists in Saint Petersburg and did many commissions for the tsar, the Imperial family and the court.

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.

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