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.
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
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.
The samovar came into use in Russia in the mid-18th century. Early specimens often resembled vases in shape. The laws of the style dominant in decorative applied art of the period influenced their proportions, ornamentation and even certain structural details. The samovar with an egg-shaped body upheld by curved rods, the whole resting on a…Details
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
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.
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
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.
SAMOVAR. Forties of the 19th cent. Work of Rodion Kiselyov. Tula Copper. Ht. 56 cm. State Russian Museum
Samovars with the maker’s mark are much less common than those with the stamp of the factory owner.- This specimen bears the mark of the master craftsman who produced it, Rodion Kiselyov of Tula. He chose to work in a material of a high decorative quality, in copper. The shape of the samovar is rather…Details
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.