Russian Furniture in the Collection of the Hermitage

Russian Furniture in the Collection of the Hermitage
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T. Sokolova & K. Orlova.

Leningrad. 1973. Hardback, dust jacket, card slipcase. 256 pages. 195 photographs of pieces of Russian furniture in colour and b&w. 315 x 250mm (12 x 9"). 1.7kg. Russian and English. Very good; the slipcase is worn along the edges and is starting to split at the head and base, the dust jacket is has very light wear at the head and base of spine and to corners; the book has been bumped at the top corner, internally clean with no markings or inscriptions.

This book provides a comprehensive survey of the development of Russian furniture-making from the end of the seventeenth-century to the beginning of the twentieth-century. The photographs show examples of many different styles, forms, techniques and finishes, and are often accompanied by a close-up of the detail. Russian furniture was strongly influenced by developments in both the West and East, but it also used its own traditions to create a unique style. Highlights include a 1760s commode inlaid with different woods, walrus ivory and metal, several unusual examples of furniture made from steel, a gilt state chair of the Grand Master of the Knights of Malta (1798-1800), painted and gilt settees from a drawing-room set of 1817 executed by Baumann to the design of Rossi, a mahogany cupboard with bronze decorations made by Roentgen, Meyer and Heinrich Gambs (1786-early nineteenth-century), a gilt table with a malachite top executed by "government craftsmen", a set of dining-room furniture for the Private Dining-room in the Winter Palace designed by Robert Melzer, and much more.