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What If I Know Nothing About Russian Art?

Assembling your own collection is a fascinating and rewarding process. But acquiring objects of great historical, artistic and financial value requires more than just good taste and a healthy bank account. Even if you are collecting solely as a means of securing a good return, the key to making the right investment is an expert knowledge of the history of art.

While blue-chip investments in Russian art have shown stable growth in recent years, there have been many artificial surges in the prices of individual artists due to the passing whims of fashion and speculation by uninformed newcomers. The successful investor must know the real history of Russian art in order to avoid falling into this trap.

Like any other market, the art market is dictated by trends. These trends are largely set by the museums – what they own, what they exhibit, what they acquire. Nowhere is this more true than in the Russian art market, where 90% of all of art is owned by the state and only 10% is in private hands. So it is important to know what is happening in the museums.

The best guarantee of making the right investment is either to educate yourself or to employ the services of an independent adviser not linked to any art dealer or auction house. You need a first-class museum-quality consultant who knows the exact place of each artist in the history of Russian art and every artist’s best periods and finest works.

Our international consultant spent thirteen years at the State Russian Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of Russian art, and studied the history of art in Russian at the Academy of Arts in St Petersburg. He has been employed by every other major Russian art institution and has compiled the biographies of over a thousand Russian artists.

We are ready to offer any help you need as you embark on your journey into the exciting and lucrative world of collecting Russian art – tutoring in the history of Russian art, consultations on any Russian artist, unbiased appraisals before making any purchase. Please note, however, that we are never able to accurately predict the future price of a work of art.

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