We are frequently asked about what prompted us to pursue a career as dealers of Russian Orthodox icons, since, after all, we are neither Russian nor Orthodox.
Our life-long affair with Russian icons began on a cold winter day of 1993 at the Moscow’s Izmailovsky flea market. Prior to visiting Moscow, we had very little knowledge of the Russian Orthodox religion and even lesser exposure to their icons. And yet where there we were, standing in front of a small booth of a Russian icon dealer, looking at the icons and suddenly realizing that this is exactly what we wanted to do for living.
Now, seventeen years and many thousands of icons later, we have gained a great knowledge and deep passion for Russian religious art. Over the years, we had an opportunity to serve as an advisor to several extraordinary private and museum collections and helped in organizing several exhibitions which fostered understanding and appreciation of Russian religious art. We are as excited now as we were in the very beginning about each new piece we acquire and even more happy when it finds a home with someone’s family either as a religious object or as part of a cherished collection.
Sometimes, we are asked if it should be considered morally wrong to sell objects that are meant for religious contemplation. In our opinion, it is of foremost importance to assure the survival of the widest variety of antique Russian icons, which is only possible if they are carefully preserved by many diverse groups - the Russian Orthodox Church, public and private museums as well as collectors and enthusiasts. After all, it was the private individuals who, sometimes in spite of danger to their own liberty, preserved the majority of historic icons from imminent destruction during the anti-religious era of the USSR. By facilitating icons’ passing from one generation to another, we are helping to preserve and protect important artifacts of Russian history and culture.
We would like to thank you for visiting our site and welcome the opportunity to show you the fine icons and religious artifacts we currently have available. If, for some reason, you cannot find a particular type of object you might be looking for, contact us to let us know and we willl attempt to locate it for you through our extensive network of collectors and dealers around the world.
Dennis Easter and Pene Latham