A malachite tazzaImperial Lapidary Works, Ekaterinburg, c. 1830

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Lot 137*
A malachite tazza
Imperial Lapidary Works, Ekaterinburg, c. 1830

£ 20,000 - 30,000
US$ 25,000 - 37,000
A malachite tazza
Imperial Lapidary Works, Ekaterinburg, c. 1830
the oval shallow bowl set upon spreading circular stem and supported on square stepped base
height: 35cm (13 3/4in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Galerie J. Kugel, Paris
    Private European Collection

    Literature
    J. Kugel, Treasures of the Czars: Russia & Europe from Peter the Great to Nicholas I, Paris, 1998, pl. 296


    In 1826, the architect I.I. Galberg prepared a series of malachite projects which included several variants of bowls on small pedestals, a Medici vase and a gadrooned amphora on high pedestals. The projects were carried out in the private studio of Maderni in St. Petersburg (two Medici vases from the collection of The Royal Collection Trust and Victoria and Albert Museum, L.A. Budrina, "History of the object in the context of museumfication: attribution and history of 'Medici' Malachite vase from the collection of the State Medical Museum 'Tsarskoe Selo'", in Palaces, mansions, estates. Museum Format: Materials of the XXIV Tsarskoye Selo Scientific Conference, 2018, pp. 136-143) and at the Ekaterinburg Lapidary Factory (a pair of square bowls, the State Hermitage Museum, are reproduced in N.M. Mavrodina, Art of Russian stone-cutters of the XVIII-XIX centuries, 2007, pp. 230-231).

    From the drawing for this series (RGIA, f. 468, op. 12, d. 1038, p. 650) a round bowl was produced and sent as a gift to the Duke of Wellington in 1826 (Stratfield Saye House, N. Guseva, O. Suchov, "Diplomatic gifts from Tsar Nicholas I of Russia to the Duke of Wellington", in Apollo, January 2001, pp. 34-40). The proportions of this subject and the complex shape of the bowl fully corresponds to the pattern of the oval example. The nature of the mosaic set with small fragments of pleated (dark radiant) malachite, the use of talc-chlorite as the base for the mosaic, as well as the shape and size of the object allow us to attribute it to the Ekaterinburg Lapidary Works of the 1830s.

    We are grateful to Dr Ludmila Budrina for assistance in cataloguing this lot.


    В 1826 г. архитектор И.И. Гальберг подготовил серию проектов произведений из малахита, включавших несколько вариантов чаш на небольших пьедесталах, вазу Медичи и амфоровидную ложчатую вазы на высоких пьедесталах. Работы по проектам выполнялись в частном ателье Мадерни в Петербурге (две вазы Медичи из коллекции The Royal Collection Trust и Victoria and Albert Museum, Л.А. Будрина, "История предмета в контексте музеефикации: атрибуция и история бытования малахитовой вазы "медичи" из коллекции ГМЗ 'Царское село'", в Дворцы, особняки, усадьбы. Музейный формат: материалы XXIV Царскосельской научной конференции, 2018, с. 136-143) и на Екатеринбургской гранильной фабрике (пара квадратных чаш, Государственный Эрмитаж, воспроизведены в Н.М. Мавродина, Искусство русских камнерезов XVIII-XIX веков, 2007, с. 230-231).

    По эскизу из этой серии (РГИА, ф. 468, оп.12, д. 1038, л. 650) была исполнена круглая чаша, отправленная в подарок герцогу Веллингтонскому в 1826 г. (Stratfield Saye House, N. Guseva, O. Suchov, "Diplomatic gifts from Tsar Nicholas I of Russia to the Duke of Wellington", in Apollo, January 2001, pp. 34-40). Пропорции этого предмета, сложная форма чаши полностью соответствуют рисунку овальной чаши. Характер мозаичного набора с небольшими фрагментами плиссового (темного лучистого) малахита, использование в качестве основы для мозаики талькохлорита, форма и размер предмета позволяют отнести его к произведениям Екатеринбургской гранильной фабрики 1830-х годов.

    Мы благодарны Людмиле Будриной за помощь в описании данного лота.
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