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Posted 1 year ago

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Phatbuddha
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Really old Russian dolls. But how old are they??

A friend found these at the dump. I've done a little Research on them but can't find anything like them. They look really old,I would say over 100 years but you never know. I think they are of a Royal Russian family,maybe of the time they was made, they are hand painted,with some lovely Colours and some gold which is Probably really gold.
If anyone could help place a date on them we would really Appreciate your info. Thanks for looking :)

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  1. AmberRose AmberRose, 1 year ago
    Really cool, but have no idea.
  2. BHock45 BHock45, 1 year ago
    A matryoshka doll (Russian: ????????; IPA: [m??tr?o?k?] ( listen), matrëška), also known as Russian nesting/nested doll, refers to a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed one inside the other. They are sometimes incorrectly referred to as "babushka dolls" (grandmother doll) . The first Russian nested doll set was carved in 1890 by Vasily Zvyozdochkin from a design by Sergey Malyutin, who was a folk crafts painter at Abramtsevo. Traditionally the outer layer is a woman, dressed in a sarafan, a long and shapeless traditional Russian peasant jumper dress. The figures inside may be of either gender; the smallest, innermost doll is typically a baby turned from a single piece of wood. Much of the artistry is in the painting of each doll, which can be very elaborate. The dolls often follow a theme, aside from the typical traditional peasant girls, the themes vary, from fairy tale characters to Soviet leaders.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matryoshka_doll

    There are thousands on that online auction site. And let me tell you, they are not cheap. Honestly, yours look older, and more "authentic", then all of these.

    http://www.ebay.com/sch/Collectibles-/1/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=Matryoshka+doll&rt=nc

    You really find some great stuff Phatbudda. You should have your own reality show.
  3. BHock45 BHock45, 1 year ago
    Wow....a very profitable find indeed! I can't believe they are still in such good shape. Most of the things you find, aren't they stained or ruined by food paint dirt mold etc?
  4. BHock45 BHock45, 1 year ago
    are these signed by an artist?? Check this out Phatbudda:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vtg-Russi-Matryoshka-Nesting-Dolls-15-13-Icon-Virgin-Mother-Christ-Easter-/281074978704?pt=US_Dolls_Bears_Toys&hash=item41715fcf90
  5. BHock45 BHock45, 1 year ago
    Oh no, is the second to last piece missing a bottom???
  6. Phatbuddha Phatbuddha, 1 year ago
    Thanks alot for your Comments and information. My friend will be happy with them all :)
  7. munequita munequita, 1 year ago
    hi! oh, i collect nesting dolls and mainly the older ones... so these are just what i love! can i go with your friend to the dump?! circa 1930s or so. during this time, no signature. maybe a stamp or label. if you ever decide to part with it, i am ready!
  8. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 1 year ago
    Great find, I know that at one time when I lived elsewhere these were insanely popular, that is one fine find !~
  9. munequita munequita, 1 year ago
    hi again! oh, i did not realize you were from uk. i would love to travel there and look for old russian dolls!!!
    i recently bid on an old russian matryoshka dolls ebay auction from uk. it was a 12piece set and from around the same time period as yours just different subject matter. this one representing a maiden with her family. it sold for 156p/239.49dollars. point to note, number of dolls, condition and subject affect price.
    the ebay link that was sent to you a month ago, those dolls did not sell--religious 15 piece set. although a nice set, great condition and many dolls, it was a bit high for the times.
    hope you find more!!!


  10. Phatbuddha Phatbuddha, 1 year ago
    Thanks for the Information munequita. I will let my friend know. I though they was older than 1930's but I'm no Expert and the main doll has a Signature but I can't for the love of me work it out. It's not in English so the letters are not easy to work out.
    I think my friend will be selling them on eBay but not sure when. But when he does I will let you know. Thanks again your info has been really helpfull :)
  11. munequita munequita, 1 year ago
    aahhhhhhhhhhh! don't tease me! i would love to have a chance to buy these dolls. honestly, i have been having a difficult day and this news made it a bit brighter. i like them especially for the male family member with the mustache :) it reminds me of my husband!!!

    ahhh... matryoshka do make me feel better :)))

    on age, sorry, truly i am really no expert. it is just hard to pin point as i have not run across a similar set pictured in any of the books or magazine articles.

    thanks again for the great news!!!! i am doing the matryoshka dance!!!
  12. Phatbuddha Phatbuddha, 1 year ago
    I will talk to him tomorrow, I'm sure he will put it on soon.
    I think he is Stalling because hes not sure how to list it.
    I will comment on here after I've spoken to him for you :)
  13. munequita munequita, 1 year ago
    THANK YOU for the news... :)))
    maybe i can make him an offer ;) inspire him to list on ebay.
    thanks again... until then... i will be anxiously waiting..
    hope he finds more old matryoshka!
  14. munequita munequita, 1 year ago
    hi phatbuddha.... have you had a chance to speak to your friend on the russian dolls? sorry... i just love'em :)
  15. sarahoff sarahoff, 1 year ago
    Do they have a signature on the bottom? Could you post a shot if there is?
  16. munequita munequita, 7 months ago
    still love your russian dolls :) happy holidays
  17. lisast3, 2 months ago
    I was searching for images of dolls that look like my set that I am trying to find a value for, and found this thread. Mine are very old, 14 dolls. they were my mothers and I am 50 years old, they were old when I was a kid. how do I post photos here for you to look at? this image on Pinterest is almost the same as the ones I have, but I think mine are much older. http://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=Antique%20Russian%20Nesting%20Dolls%20Matryoshka%20Folk%20Art%20Wood%20Wooden%20Figures%20Toy%20Box

    Thank you for any input!
    Lisa

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