More than 100 leading Russian galleries will exhibit their collections of most exquisite classical art which possess apparent investment value for both private and corporative collectors. In the section of “Classical art” the best Russian galleries of antiques will show the entire range of antiquarian art: paintings by Western-European old masters, works by artists of Russian Realism, jewelry, objects of decorative and applied arts, imperial and Soviet porcelain from Western Europe, old icon paintings, sculptures, bibliographical rarities, antique furniture, and much else.
Visitors to the fair will see some rare works by Russian avant-garde and emigre artists such as Marc Chagall, Mikhail Larionov, and Natalia Goncharova, as well as classics of the 19th and early 20th century painting: Ivan Shishkin, Ilya Repin, Ivan Aivazovsky, Alexei Savrasov, and Vasily Polenov. These works come from private collections which have not been publicly exhibited for decades.
Decorative and applied arts are represented by elegant silver works with crystals produced at the jewelry firms of Carl Faberge, Carl Bolin, Ivan Khlebnikov, Theodor Lorie, Orest Kurlyukov, Nikolai Nemirov-Kolodkin, the Sazikov, to name just a few of the outstanding gold and silversmiths. Many of them carried the prestigious title of Supplier to the High Imperial Court. The presence of these objects at the fair creates a special atmosphere of luxury enveloping the visitors.