SAMOVAR. First half of the 19th cent. Brass. Ht. 30 cm. State Russian Museum

The choice of shapes and sizes was determined not only by aesthetic ideas but also by considerations of convenience. Samovars intended for use on a journey were of medium size, and had the form of a cube or of an octagonal prism. The curved legs were removable. They could be easily and securely fitted into special sockets.