How much is my nesting doll worth?

It is a popular question… but a hard one to answer specifically. Many people will ask something like, “well I have this really old nesting doll that I acquired through my Russian grandmother and it sort of looks like this…” Unfortunately, with just a description, and even with more information like a date range and signature, it is still an almost impossible question to answer easily. One must seek the advice of an art appraiser who specializes in Russian art and/or history. If you would like just a general idea of how much your nesting doll is worth, read on…

The Obvious:

  • 1. The more dolls in the set, the more expensive it will be.
  • 2. More detail in the hand painting = more money.

Things that may increase the value in a nesting doll:

  • 1. If it was made in Russia.
  • 2. If there is a signature anywhere on the doll.
  • 3. If it has a beveled bottom edge.
  • 4. If it is over 20 years old.

Things that may decrease value in a nesting doll:

  • 1. If one of the nesting dolls is missing or broken.
  • 2. Paint is faded and/or chipped.
  • 3. No beveled bottom edge – First doll in set is missing.
  • 4. The inside wood of the doll is discolored.

Using comparison as a way to determine value:

Browse through our inventory of over 500 nesting dolls with prices ranging from $7.19 to $2,772.99 and see if you have a very similar doll! (Narrow your search by the number of dolls in set, by price range, or by price-low-to-high option, to make searching through so many nested dolls a bit easier).

*Please keep in mind that this is only a guide and we are not currently in contact with any appraisers.


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Traditional Russian Matryoshka/Nesting Doll

  • georgia

    I believe i have a set of Russian nesting dolls which i would like to identified.
    I do have a few pictures i could email over.

    I will look forward to hearing from you.

    Many thanks,


    • TheRussianStore

      Hi Georgia! It is wonderful to hear that you have a set of Russian nesting dolls! We suggest getting in contact with an art appraiser if you are seriously interested in determining the approximate value of your set of stacking dolls.

      • georgia

        Ok brillIant can you please recommend a company to ask thanks

        • TheRussianStore

          I wish we could recommend a company for you, but unfortunately we cannot. We do wish you the best of luck!

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