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 complicated: it is an octagonal prism mounted upon a sphere with the top and bottom cut off. The execution is distinguished by great precision and care. The master gave to his production a monumental, solid look.