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When Iconastas first opened in Piccadilly Arcade, we filled the window with over 100 pieces of pre-Revolutionary woodwork from our own private collections. The fabulous paintings of Russian peasant life with its farms, villages and market places attracted scores of visitors to our shop. Little did we realise at the time how important these small artistic treasures were. Painted by artists from the villages of Abramtsevo and Talashkino who went on to found the Revolutionary Arts movements of the 1920's and 1930's, they have become very collectible.
Over the last thirty-two years we have been lucky to purchase the collections of "Greek John" and many pieces from the "Two Bears" who scour the markets throughout the North of England.