Russia’s 38th Antique Exhibition Opens

Some of the most popular artifacts are those associated with Russia’s Imperial past, on exhibit in Moscow until April 5th.

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XXXVIII Russian Antique Salon
XXXVIII Russian Antique Salon

In news from the Ministry of Culture, an exhibition opens in the Central House of Artists, Moscow, displaying a wonderful collection of artifacts which reflect the Russia’s rich and diverse history; it's a melting-pot of European and Asian influences. 

One is taken on a journey from the 19th century, with paintings by the old masters and the Russian realist school to the Communist era, with porcelain, which would have graced the Soviet dinner table. Director Natalia Koren had this to say:

“This exhibition is one of the best we’ve had; the crisis actually helped us to source objects of extremely high quality which earlier would have sold without us, and which would normally have been difficult to obtain…At the moment we literally have a rare object on every stand; with paintings from both the west European and Russian schools, masterpieces of the Arts and Crafts movement, and the works of Chinese and Japanese artists.”

XXXVIII Russian Antique Salon
XXXVIII Russian Antique Salon

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Some of the most popular artifacts are those associated with Russia’s Imperial past, and the opulent, ornate pieces which were very much in demand in the 19th Century.  Sazikov, Ovchinnikov, Khlebnikov, and Faberge, are just some of the names of artists connected with these luxurious, high-quality objects and which became celebrated internationally for their unmistakable, and most recognisable, style.

One of the rarest objects is a unique tea service by the famous Faberge firm, run by Carl Faberge, dating to around 1896.  An unusual technique was used in the making of the tea set to produce contoured, engraved enamel – most uncharacteristic of the Faberge firm – but what makes this a particularly interesting piece.

XXXVIII Russian Antique Salon
XXXVIII Russian Antique Salon

In total, the exhibition displays 42 artifacts, comprising bronze statues, clocks, vases, glassware and even an haute-couture antique dress by Nadezhda Lamanova, one of Russia’s most famous couturiers.  Amongst other recognisable artists featured is Pablo Picasso, whose sketch dedicated to famous cosmonaut Yurii Gagarin, was drawn just two days prior to Gagarin’s historical take-off.

The exhibition runs at the Central House of Artists (ЦДХ) till 5th April. For more information you may contact the ministry directly via: Email at kultura@mkrf.ru, or by Phone: +7 (495) 629-22-48, or the Salon directly here

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