Exhibition In The History Museum Devoted To The Memory Of Peter Shukin

Exhibition “Collector of Russian antiquities” was opened this Friday in the State History museum (SHM). It is devoted to the famous collector and patron of arts Peter Shukin and opens the cycle “Museum’s true friend”.
Shukin is the son of one of the largest Moscow trade-industrial families. He started his collection in 1870-ies in Lion, having collected a library of French books, a collection of engravings and photographies. Since the beginning of 1890-ies memorials of ancient Russian household and art became the main object of his attention. In 1891 Peter Shukin bought a large ground with a wooden building in Malie Gruzini for construction of the building of the museum of “Russian antiquities”, which he gifted to the History museum in 1905.
It is impossible to demonstrate all the diversity of Shukin’s collections at the exhibition. Unique items, characterizing their different sections are selected for exhibiting. Russian silver of the XVI-XIX centuries, cold and firearms, Russian, Moldavian, Persian and Armenian books are presented. Artworks of glass and ceramics, porcelain of the XVIII-XIX centuries in particular were of a special interest to Shukin. The true masterpieces of this collection are also presented in the exposition, as well as the wonderful samples from the carved bone collection. Spectators will also see Eastern, West-European and Russian clothes, samples of golden knitting, wraps and shawls, works of Russian pewter masters of the XVII-XVIII centuries, Ustyug enamel with onlays, wooden dishes, caskets decorated with cutting and painting of the XVI-XIX centuries.

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