SAMOVAR. Early 20th cent. The Batashovs’ Factory. Tula Nickel-plated. Ht. 40 cm. State Russian Museum

SAMOVAR. Early 20th cent. The Batashovs' Factory. Tula Nickel-plated. Ht. 40 cm. State Russian Museum

Turnip-shaped samovars were in vogue in the early part of the present century. The tap was generally made in branch form. The factories owned by the Batashovs were among the largest and most famous in Russia. The first of them was founded in 1840.

SAMOVAR. Early 20th cent. V. P. Pushkov’s factory. Moscow Nickel-plated. Ht. 57 cm. State Museum of the Ethnography of the Peoples of the RUSSIA

SAMOVAR. Early 20th cent. V. P. Pushkov's factory. Moscow Nickel-plated. Ht. 57 cm. State Museum of the Ethnography of the Peoples of the RUSSIA

Samovars with the cylindrical body were probably the most widespread variety in the early part of the present century. They were easy to make, and their production cost was considerably lower than that of other types.

SAMOVAR. Second half of the 19th cent. Factory of Vorontsov Brothers. Tula Brass. Ht. 38 cm. State Russian Museum

SAMOVAR. Second half of the 19th cent. Factory of Vorontsov Brothers. Tula Brass. Ht. 38 cm. State Russian Museum

This small samovar, with its happy proportions, elegant outline, and the quiet yellow tone of the metal, is rather attractive than striking. The Vorontsovs owned two large samovar factories at Tula, one belonging to Vorontsov Brothers, and the other, to Vorontsov Heirs. The staff of the factories amounted to about three hundred workmen.

SAMOVAR. Thirties to forties of the 19th cent. Silvered brass. Ht. 57.5 cm. State Russian Museum

SAMOVAR. Thirties to forties of the 19th cent.

In the somewhat affected elegance of its shape and ornamental details (curved handles decorated with rams’ heads, curiously undulating figures of dolphins adorning the tap), this specimen approaches the Eclectic style in applied arts. The high technical level of workmanship places it among the more expensive productions.

SAMOVAR. Forties of the 19th cent. Sergei Lukyanov’s factory. Tula Brass. Ht. 47.8 cm. State Museum of the Ethnography of the Peoples of the RUSSIA

SAMOVAR. Forties of the 19th cent. Sergei Lukyanov's factory. Tula Brass. Ht. 47.8 cm. State Museum of the Ethnography of the Peoples of the RUSSIA

This samovar is remarkable for its shape, which imitates that of a «krater», a vessel used in ancient Greece for mixing wine and water. The form of the «krater» frequently occurs in porcelain, crystal glass and hardstone vases of the period.

Nice view of the city of Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin.

Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin

Nice view of the city. Nizhny Novgorod.

Nizhny Novgorod

Chkalov staircase. Nizhny Novgorod. View from above.

View from above

The facade of a tower.

The facade

Staircase of the 19th century.

Staircase

The window of the original form.

The window

Old nail

Old nail