Vase. 1938 Painted by M. Kuznetsova. Gold pattern on a coloured uround Arts and Crafts Museum, Semionov

Vase. 1938  Painted by M. Kuznetsova. Gold pattern on a coloured uround Arts and Crafts Museum, Semionov

Khokhloma

Khokhloma painted wooden ware originated in the Russian village of that name (Volga region) at the turn of the 17th century. Khokhloma painting is distinguished by resplendent colours and a whole set of traditional floral patterns. Khokhloma ware, which includes dinner services, sets for kvass and pancakes, decorative bowls and dishes, scoops and spoons, articles…

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SAMOVAR. Early 20th cent. M. A. Gretsov’s factory. Tula Nickel-plated. Ht. 26 cm. State Russian Museum

SAMOVAR. Early 20th cent. M. A. Gretsov's factory. Tula Nickel-plated. Ht. 26 cm. State Russian Museum

This miniature samovar is an exact replica of a large-size one both in shape and construction. It may be used to heat three glassfuls of water.

SAMOVAR COOKER. Second half of the 19th cent. Novikov’s factory. Nizhni-Novgorod Province Dark copper. Ht. 43.5 cm. State Russian Museum

The samovar cooker shaped as a cauldron was invented at some earlier date. Several specimens have survived from the mid-18th century. In the 19th century samovar cookers were also produced at samovar factories. This type of cooker was a great convenience. It had three compartments and could be used to prepare three dishes at a…

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SAMOVAR. Second half of the 19th cent. Nickel-plated. Ht. 39.5 cm. State Russian Museum

The cube-shaped variety of samovars, well suited for transportation purposes, proved long-lived. Travelling samovars of this type continued to be made throughout the whole of the 19th century. However, the specimens produced in the second half of the century, as compared with earlier types, are distinguished by somewhat heavier proportions, a different treatment of details,…

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KETTLE-SHAPED SAMOVAR. End of the 19th cent.— beginning of the 20th cent. Sheet brass. Ht. 29 cm. Private collection. Saint Petersburg

KETTLE-SHAPED SAMOVAR. End of the 19th cent.— beginning of the 20th cent. Sheet brass. Ht. 29 cm. Private collection. Saint Petersburg

Alongside with big factories, there existed, In Tula and other Russian towns, numerous artisans’ shops which also produced samovars. This craftsman followed the pattern of the convenient 18th century kettle-shaped type.

SBITENNIK. Second half of the 18th cent. Nizhni-Novgorod Province Copper, patinated reddish-brown. Ht. 32 cm. State Museum of the Ethnography of the Peoples of the Russia

The “sbitennik”, shaped somewhat like a kettle but provided with an internal heat-pipe, was an early form of “self-boiler”, which preceded the samovar. It was used for making and keeping hot the “sbiten”, a most popular Russian drink of mead boiled with sage, St. John’s-wort and spices. This drink was sold by sbiten-vendors right in…

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SAMOVAR. Seventies of the 19th cent. Brass. Ht. 38 cm. (without the funnel) State Russian Museum

SAMOVAR. Seventies of the 19th cent. Brass. Ht. 38 cm. (without the funnel) State Russian Museum

The samovar shaped as the figure of a cock, with decoration imitating ornamental motives carved in wood, illustrates the prevailing pseudo-Russian taste of the period. The execution is remarkable for painstaking accuracy and a loving attention to detail.

ELECTRIC SAMOVAR. 1958 Nickel-plated. Ht. 45 ст. Factory of Electric Appliances. Saint Petersburg

ELECTRIC SAMOVAR. 1958 Nickel-plated

The generalized contour, the pleasant flowing lines, and the contrasting combination of black plastic handles with the nickel-plated surface, give a modern look to this specimen which retains, in its form, every essential feature of a samovar.

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

Originally built home.

Originally  home

The original shape of the roof of the cottage.

The original shape of the roof of the cottage

A timber for the Russian bath.

Administrative and industrial building the second half of XIX century.

Administrative and industrial building the second half of XIX century.

National building. (Narstroy)

Narstroy

Wooden houses for employees coming to the city. Often with a shared kitchen. Homes are designed for multiple families. Construction time of 30-40 years.

A bench in the snow.

A bench

Village street in winter.

Village street in winter.

Trough for washing of galvanizing.

of galvanizing

The first Soviet refrigerator. Zeal. Moscow.

Zeal. Moscow.

The first Soviet refrigerator

The bathroom in the house Stalinist buildings.

in the house Stalinist buildings

Wooden chair.

chair

Wooden kamod.

kamod

House in the snow.

in the snow

Pine forest.

Winter forest

Firewood under the snow.

Polenitsa under snow

Bird in the hand

Bird in the hand graffiti

Stairs to the barn.

Stairs

Stairway

Rolling pin for rolling dough from a peasant’s hut. 19th century.

Rolling pin for rolling dough from a peasant's hut. 19th century.

The chapel at the Summer Garden. St. Petersburg. SPb., Edition O.Kirhnera, 1900s.

The chapel at the Summer Garden. St. Petersburg

Nevsky Prospekt with decorations. St. Petersburg. SPb., Edition O.Kirhnera, 1900s.

St. Petersburg. SPb., Edition O.Kirhnera, 1900s.

St. Isaac’s Cathedral. St. Petersburg. SPb., Edition O.Kirhnera, 1900s.

St. Petersburg

Rose on a wooden box mbelnoy.

Rose on a wooden box mbelnoy
1950.

First Romanov’s coins. Coins of 16-17 centuries

Coins of 16-17 centuries

coins

Coins of 16-17 centuries

First Romanov's coins. Coins of 16-17 centuries

First Romanov's coins. Coins of 16-17 centuries

16-17 centuries

Floor of kopek of 1927. Proletarians of all countries unite.

Floor of kopek of 1927

Floor of kopek

2 kopeks 1798

2 kopeks

2 kopeks 1798

2 kopeks 1797

kopeks 1797

1797

On the stone basis the freakish florist grew from scrap metal (a pan, buckets, cans, a wire). Sea grass and cement mortar molded forms of lawns. Ornamental plants connected composition in a whole (succulents, chlorophytums, seduma, a violet). International scout camp “Satellite”, Sochi.

mp "Satellite", Sochi.

On the stone basis the freakish florist grew from scrap metal

The layer of a stone in parts postponed from the seashore, on a new place didn’t lose neither drawing, nor a form. International scout camp “Satellite”, Sochi.

International scout camp "Satellite", Sochi.

“Toadstools”. Drinking fountain on the basis of birch stumps twins. Bowls – wrought copper. Youth camp “Herringbone”, Moscow.

Bowls - wrought copper

“Crocodile Tears.” Small lake picturesque cut stone, laid mosaic crocodile. Copper sulphate colored water. Youth camp “Herringbone”, Moscow.

"Crocodile Tears." Small lake picturesque cut stone, laid mosaic crocodile. Copper sulphate colored water

Simple wooden benches. Youth camp “Herringbone”, Moscow.

wooden benches

Marble dance floor “Fairy Tale”. Youth camp “Herringbone”, Moscow.

Youth camp "Herringbone", Moscow.

Sunshades with the emblem of the city of Kazan. International Youth Camp “Volga”, Kazan.

the emblem of the city of Kazan

“Roost” for sunbathers International Youth Camp “Volga”. Kazan.

"Roost" for sunbathers International Youth Camp "Volga". Kazan.

Barbecue. Roof element, woven wall. International Youth Camp “Volga”, Kazan.

Barbecue. Roof element, woven wall