Russian Icons

Russian Icons

Being an emblematic and distinctive part of Russian culture, Russian icons are unique monuments of ancient painting tradition that traces its roots back to the year 988, a period of Kievan Rus’ conversion to Orthodox Christianity. The technique of painting the Russian icon takes its origin from the golden age of Byzantine art and continues that style to this day. It’s interesting that the prototypic images of saints and feast days seen in the Russian icons have remained almost unchanged throughout the centuries. The fact is that Orthodox religion claims that antique Russian icons were directly inspired by God. Iconographers fasted and prayed before painting Russian Orthodox icons and never signed their works. It is also believed that some of the icons were delivered and even painted by saints themselves. Authentic Russian icons are still created solely for religious veneration by morally upright artisans blessed for this purpose by a priest. Therefore, Russian icons represent the most significant form of Russian religious art, not to mention that theologically they are considered sacred. Russian Orthodox Church icons inspire a quiet meditation toward the quest for spiritual growth, truth, and understanding. For today, they are known all over the world not only for their distinctive style of painting, but also for their influence on the Eastern cultural development. They have a religious and very high antique-artistic value, especially when it comes to antique Russian icons of museum quality, which possess unique significance and importance in the contemporary world of art.

Why Us?

Why Us?

The answer is rather simple: customer satisfaction is our top priority! When dealing with us, you are guaranteed to receive highly qualified personal consultation, exceptional degree of security, and professional services provided by only reliable Eastern Orthodox icon experts, restorers, and appraisers. The best confirmation of this is our fantastic collection of very rare religious icons of museum quality, in particular authentic antique Russian icons of the 16th – 19th centuries. Being engaged in this business for 25+ years, we are aware of our huge responsibility toward our partners, customers, and unique Church icons, and, therefore, take each of them very seriously to ensure the highest level of security. Top-notch services provided in a distinctly client-oriented manner are what you may expect from RussianIcon! Our professional team of Eastern Orthodox icon experts will help you enhance your collection, take care of the necessary preservation and restoration, provide you with an honest appraisal of any antique icon you have, offer advice on proper storage and exhibition conditions, organize any type of the local or international shipment, provide any necessary export papers you require, and assist you with all other things concerning holy icons and religious artifacts. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, wishes, or problems you have. We will be happy to explain our services and give you information about museum-quality Russian religious icons in detail during a personal consultation. We are always ready to share our knowledge and experience with you!

Our Services

Our Services

We have outstanding examples with a variety of themes for any occasion, including antique Russian icons of Jesus Christ, the Mother of God, saints, evangelists, angels, feasts, and many others. No matter whether you are a Christian believer, a Russian icon collector, an art buyer, or you just appreciate such a beautiful expression of Orthodox faith, you are always welcome at RussianIcon where you can enjoy an extensive overview of our exceptional collection of Russian Orthodox icons. Moreover, here you can find rare books on icons and other religious artifacts of museum quality. Besides, if you are looking for professional appraisal services or want to sell Russian religious icons, we can help you with that too. Our team is always ready to evaluate your collection and buy authentic Russian icons, especially those that are in a very good condition. In addition, we offer advisory and expert management services that include assembling of personal collections, authentication, collection maintenance, historical research, storage recommendations, and consulting on collecting on the whole. In addition, our highly qualified Russian icon experts and specialists can offer you restoration services of any level of complexity, according to the strictest museum-quality standards. At RussianIcon, you are sure to find any help or assistance you need, as well as absolutely stunning pieces of Russian Orthodox Church icons and other religious artifacts from exclusive private collections.

New Orthodox Icons

At RussianIcon, we are happy to present rare museum-quality Russian Orthodox icons and other religious artifacts that are truly hard to find! Having established longstanding working relationships with many private collectors, art dealers, museums, and galleries throughout the world, we are proud to showcase these exclusive masterpieces to the world! Here you can enjoy absolutely unique Eastern Orthodox icons, including very special antique Russian icons existing in a single copy. Being professional icon collectors and dealers, we can offer a truly exceptional selection of outstanding religious icons for every taste. Moreover, we can help you choose a perfect Russian icon for any occasion, as our impressive collection includes a variety of Orthodox themes, in particular Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Mother of God, Holy Saints, Guardian Angels, Highest Archangels, Festal icons, Trinity icons, and rare diptychs and triptychs of museum quality. That’s not all! If you are looking for a special Holiday or Saint icon, just let us know, and we will find this Orthodox icon for you or help you with advice! Dealing in this sphere for years, we guarantee that all antique Russian icons provided by us are 100% authentic, which is confirmed by the leading Orthodox icon experts!

We buy icons and antiques

RussianIcon is always looking to purchase authentic antique Russian icons and religious artifacts created in the 19th century or earlier. We are interested in all types of quality hand-painted icons and relics. Our team of professional experts has a wide range of knowledge in a variety of areas related to Eastern Orthodox Church icons and is able to handle the purchase of even the most valuable collection. Moreover, RussianIcon offers accurate, honest financial appraisals for all possible religious icon collections, ranging from full estates to single items. In this way, if you are looking to sell your antique icon or the whole collection, you are in the right place! Just let us know, and we will give you the true value of your Orthodox icon or religious artifact. We will be happy to handle any of your selling needs while providing an unrivaled personal service. At RussianIcon, we believe that no antique icon collection is too large!

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New religious artifacts

RussianIcon specializes in selling and buying antique Eastern Orthodox icons and authentic relics. With 25 years of experience in this business, we are dedicated to dealing only with genuine items. Our exceptional collection of religious artifacts for sale consists of Eastern Orthodox Church crosses of any type, small antique Russian icons, reliquaries, chalices, carved religious figures, hand-painted boxes, and many other unique relics. So if you are looking for only the best Christian religious artifacts for sale, you are welcome in our Orthodox icon store! RussianIcon carries one of the widest collections of religious items, most of which are one of a kind. In this way, whether you need something special for yourself or want to choose a perfect gift for your beloved one, we are ready to help! Moreover, if you cannot find what you are looking for, just give us a call, and we will do our very best to find exactly what you need!

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Restoration

Restoration

Being qualified experts in restoring and cleaning antique Russian icons for over 25 years, we work with unique collections that belong to the leading museums, prestigious corporate clients, and private collectors from all over the world. You can entrust us with the most valuable and rare Orthodox icon you have!

Advisory & Management

Advisory & Management

Do you need storage, security, and display recommendations for your Eastern Orthodox icon collection? Looking for a reliable expert who will help you with your antique icon provenance and historical research? You have come to the right place! RussianIcon offers these and many other advisory and management services at reasonable prices!

Appraisal

Appraisal

RussianIcon is an independent team of experts able to provide you with a true estimate of your Eastern Orthodox icon. Specializing in appraisal and valuation of religious icons, we offer fair, objective, and quality services for all our clients. Take advantage of our academic qualifications and extensive knowledge right now!

About us

RussianIcon is one of the leading online galleries for antique Russian icon dealing founded by Oleg Kushnirskiy. It represents the most accurate compilation of all the knowledge and expertise gained from many years of collecting and selling rare and famous religious icons of museum quality. Initially created to preserve this sacred form of art and to display the true masterpieces of Eastern Orthodox iconography, RussianIcon has become the reliable place where everyone can buy or sell authentic antique icons and religious artifacts, as well as order professional restoration, advisory, management, and appraisal services provided by the most qualifies experts in this field.

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